With cold weather upon us and winter on the not-too-distant horizon, the temptation to temporarily hibernate until ski season is real. But shoulder season is prime time to prep those ski legs into prime condition. Want to hit the slopes running once the SkiBig3 chair lifts start spinning? Check out these local Bow Valley fitness locations to help you get there. Most studios or centres offer a class focusing on conditioning for winter activities.
Wild Heart Canmore
In the neighouring town of Canmore (just East of the park gates), Wild Heart Canmore hosts a variety of yoga and barre classes for all abilities. Snow Flow yoga is designed to prepare and sustain you for the slopes this winter season. Yoga teacher and local SkiBig3 Ambassador Michelle Brazier will lead you through movements to condition the overall body and help to prevent injury, while building leg strength, improving balance, and energizing the core. It’s the perfect combination of stretching and strengthening for mountain-lovers of all levels.
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Rocky Mountain Yoga
Located in the heart of downtown Banff in the Bison Courtyard, Rocky Mountain Yoga is a convenient walk from most Banff hotels. Their intimate space opens up to views of Casacade Mountain, and creates a warm atmosphere even in the coldest winter months. With 25 regular classes to choose from, there’s a class for every style and ability. Restorative yoga classes guide poses that are held for longer periods of time, allowing for deep relaxation and healing. This gentle practice is suitable for all levels, including those working through injuries.
*Rocky Mountain Yoga Studio is now closed, as of 2020.
Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation
With yoga, fitness, and spin classes all running nearly every day, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a class that doesn’t suit your needs. Join Stephanie O’Dette at Rise and Shine Yoga running every Wednesday from 6:30 – 7:30 am. Start your day centred through pranayama, movement and meditation – a great way to wake up the body before heading up for first chair on a pow day! Or, check out a spin class to build up your cardio and strength for the ski hill.
Summit Rx offers a variety of CrossFit, strength and conditioning classes designed to suit your energy levels and goals, with the coaches and community to help you get there. Check out their Sport Strong class – a full body strength training program ideal for off-season sport’s training. This class is perfect for those looking to build strenght, power, and muscle to excel at your winter sport of choice (skiing, of course!).
Enjoy 10% off drop-in classes with a SkiBig3 Season Pass or Lift Ticket!
Dance for Joy Studio
Join level 4 ski instructor and highly trained Yoga, Christine Davidson, with Yoga for Snow Sports. These exercises will strengthen your body for all the snow sports you participate in. Work on your balance, stability, strength and flexibility. Use wobble boards, straps, balls and rollers to prepare your body for the hill. Come back to the yoga mat and your breath to prepare your mind for winter.
*Dance for Joy Studio is now closed, as of 2020.
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