Preseason conditioning classes can deliver a head start on the winter season and help prevent injuries.

This time of year, just one question is on our lips: when is that first flurry going to fall? And while we’re just itching to get back on our skis and snowboards, we are not looking forward to the inevitable start-of-season sore muscles. The good news is that it's not too hard to avoid those aches and pains with a little preseason training over the next month or two. For a bit of extra motivation (and structure), check out these awesome, upcoming conditioning classes.

Group Dryland Training @ PC MARC

Sept. 17 - Oct. 24, Monday/Wednesday, 1-2 p.m.

This six-week program is perfect for anyone looking for personal training in a group setting. Taught by two-time Olympian, former U.S. Ski Team athlete and fitness coach Jillian Vogtli, group dryland delivers total body conditioning; each week focuses on specific muscle groups targeted to ski-specific movements, stability, and balance. It's a great way to get fit and stay injury-free for the upcoming season. You must be 18+ to participate in this class. Deadline to sign-up is September 14; cost is $155; space is limited. Visit PC MARC website for more details.

Ski Fitness Class @ University of Utah

Oct. 1 - Nov. 20, Monday/Wednesday, 7 - 8:30 p.m. or 8:15-9:45 p.m.; low-impact 6-7 p.m.

Taught by a team of medical and fitness professionals, this eight-week program will prepare skiers and riders for a confident, injury-free snow sport season. Work on overall body strength, agility, and balance through exercises focusing on technique. The class also incorporates education and in-class training on how to avoid injuries on the slopes. For those looking for something less intense, check out the low-impact option. Program cost is $175/8-week session ($155 for low-impact). More info and registration here.

Ski Conditioning Fitness Program @ Basin Recreation 

Nov. 1 - Dec. 6, Tuesday/Thursday, 6:30 - 7:30 a.m.

Don't worry if you're trying to put winter off a bit, there's a ski conditioning fitness program at Basin Recreation that doesn't start till November. The early morning, one-hour session focuses on strength training and cardio to prepare for snow sports; exercises can be adapted to any level. Cost is $100/person. More information and registration (available in October) can be found at Basin Recreation.

Even if you don't participate in a fitness class, you can still get a head start on the winter season by performing just a few key exercises at home. For the DIY approach, check out these five killer moves.

Happy training and pray for snow!

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