We control our skis through a combination of edge, rotation and pressure but the degree to which we combine these elements can be limited by our own flexibility, so it’s a good idea to include a few basic stretches into your routine in the run up to your holiday.

Tilting onto the edges of our skis requires a degree of flexibility in the hips that isn’t needed for the daily commute to the office but is essential to progress in ski ability and performance.


Stand with your legs crossed, left over right as shown. Reach down towards your right foot with your left hand, while crunching your left rib onto your left hip. Repeat for the right side.

Hip stretch


For this you will need a wall or a table to lean up against. Steadying yourself with your right hand, bend the left knee and extend your right leg underneath you. You will feel the stretch in your right hip. Repeat for the left side.

Hip stretch 2

When it’s time to carve it up on the slopes, these two stretches will ensure you have all the edge you need.


Disclaimer: Just so you know, I’m not a doctor, physiotherapist or personal trainer. In fact I have hardly any qualifications at all. It’s totally on you if you decide to follow these tips, nobody forced you. While we’re at it, I should also tell you that skiing is a physically demanding activity which could result in an elevated heart rate, feelings of euphoria, injury or even death. On the other hand, life is a time limited activity so it’s a good idea to live it well and sometimes be a little reckless, although that’s down to you as well. Nobody, especially not me, forced you to go into the mountains and have fun.

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