How to “count” downhill skiing?

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    Hi Coaches,
    How should we be thinking about downhill skiing when we are factoring in rest, etc.? On the one hand, lift served skiing doesn’t really feel like “exercise” to me and so I usually don’t think of it as part of my training load. But then some days I notice my early season legs are feeling it a little when I’m going up the stairs. Should I be thinking of it as active recovery? As like 1/2 strength?

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    Dada on #60291


    Anonymous on #60293

    Hi Anne,
    That depends, from your description of how you feel it sounds like downhill skiing may not be hard for you in the sense that it doesn’t get you breathing hard but it is tiring your legs out some. Hence the next day fatigue. So no I wouldn’t necessarily call it actively recovery. For most skiing is light to hard ME. if you ski at a moderate level I’d give it a light ME workout TSS 45-60 and for all athletes reading this, if you are a hard charging expert downhill skier I’d count it as a full hard ME workout for your legs. Closer to 100-125TSS.
    I hope this helps!

    mmingus on #60312

    I have a similar question. I work every weekend as a ski patroller – 8 hour shifts. It’s early season, so we are doing a lot of toboggan training (sled + patient = ~300 pounds). There is also a lot of netting. I sneaked in one uphill skin but that has now been banned. My question is how would you count what I do throughout the day compared to a guest just skiing there? For this past week I rearranged the schedule, did Chamonix fit at 5 am before heading to the mountain. My work as a ski patroller clearly varies throughout the day; but I would estimate at least 2 hours of moderate to hard work during my shift.

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