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GET FIT, GET OUTDOORS AND HAVE FUN THIS WINTER

BY LEARNING TO SKI OR SNOWBOARD

Midwest Ski Areas Association Shares the

Top Five Healthy Benefits of Skiing and Snowboarding

HASTINGS, MN. -- Jan. 17, 2017 -- The holiday cheer is long gone and the decorations have been packed away, the only lingering reminder of the season is the extra ten pounds around the middle. Sound familiar? The time to take action is now, no need to hibernate this winter. Grab the family and head to the local Midwest slopes for a heart-pounding workout in the great outdoors that not only offers beautiful scenery and fun, but some serious health benefits, too.

Amy Reents, executive director for the Midwest Ski Areas Association, shares her Top 5 Favorite Health Benefits of Skiing and Snowboarding:

  • Burns Calories

Skiing and snowboarding is a great cardiovascular exercise that can help families burn some serious calories and lose weight. The ultimate number burned per hour is based on weight and proficiency, but according to Harvard Medical School, someone who is 185 pounds burns 266 calories in 30 minutes of downhill skiing. Beginners can get an extra calorie burn by walking up the slope rather than using the ski lift. And, for the advanced skiers, the steeper the slope, the more calories burned because the body has to work harder to keep balanced. Believe it or not the cold weather also contributes to added calorie burn, since the body is forced to work harder to raise its own body temperature.

  • Strengthens Lower Body Muscles

Take the gym workout to the slopes this winter. Skiing and snowboarding heavily targets the lower body muscles. Skiing naturally keeps the body in the squat position, which strengthens the quads, hamstrings, calves and glutes. Snowboarding also works some muscles that may not be used as often like the ankles and feet, which are engaged to help steer the board and maintain balance.

  • Improves Flexibility

The very art of balancing and engaging the core and key muscle groups during skiing and snowboarding makes the body more flexible. It also helps to reduce muscle strains and sprains. Snowboarding especially improves flexibility tremendously as it requires the body to change directions frequently and swiftly. Just like any sport, it is recommended that families develop a stretching routine both prior to their day on the slopes and after to reduce chance of injury.

  • Engages Core Muscles

Keeping the body upright on skis or a snowboard requires some serious balancing skills and focus. It is not easy to stay steady on a slippery slope, while weaving down the trail. By having to constantly stay balanced, it forces the core muscles to work hard at engaging, which improves muscle tone in the abdomen and overall core strength.

  • Boosts Mood

Getting outdoors and exercising promotes increased production of endorphins, which creates feelings of relief and happiness. Families can also benefit from the added boost of vitamin D exposure from the sun, which is especially important in the winter when days are shorter.

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. It’s the perfect time to get the kids off the couch and enjoying a fun-filled family weekend together on the Midwest slopes. Many of the area resorts are offering “Learn to Ski and Snowboard” specials all month long.

For more information on the ski and snowboard resorts and special offerings near you, visit www.snowplaces.com.

About the MSAA

The Midwest Ski Areas Association, Inc. (MSAA) is a non-profit trade association, which represents the interests of ski areas located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The mission of the Midwest Ski Areas Association, Inc. is to represent the interests of the membership by providing resources that enhance the quality of service and product provided to the public, and to foster, stimulate and promote safety, education and growth in the industry. For general information on the MSAA, please visit www.snowplaces.com.

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Executive Director/President 

Midwest Ski Areas Association 

651-436-5955 

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Hastings, MN:  Last winter across the globe, nearly 6,000 people of all ages took a beginner ski or snowboard lesson, in effort to participate in the “World’s Largest Lesson.” Due to a lack of proper evidence, the record still needs to be set in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The snow sports industry is going to try again on Friday, January 6, 2017 and, this time, will be joined by many Canadian resorts, via the Canadian Ski Council. All lessons will take place simultaneously in seven different time zones - 9 am Alaska time, 10 am Pacific time, 11 am Mountain time, 12 noon Central time, 1 pm Eastern time, 2 pm Atlantic time and 2:30 Newfoundland time. 

The following Midwest Ski Areas will participate by state, including:msaa images 2017a

Iowa

Seven Oaks    IA,

Ski Crescent   IA

Sundown Mountain  IA

Illinois

Chestnut Mountain Resort   IL

Snowstar        IL

Indiana

Paoli Peaks     IN

Perfect North IN

Michigan

Apple Mountain        MI

Boyne Highlands Resort       MI

Boyne Mountain Resort        MI

Cannonsburg MI

Crystal Mountain      MI

Nubs Nob       MI

Pine Mountain Golf & Ski Resort     MI

Shanty Creek Resorts           MI

Ski Norway Mountain           MI

Snow Snake Ski & Golf          MI

The Homestead Resort         MI

Timber Ridge Ski Area          MI

Treetops Resort         MI

Minnesota

Andes Tower Hills     MN

Detroit Mountain      MN

Giants Ridge   MN

Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area        MN

Lutsen            MN

Mount Kato    MN

Powder Ridge            MN

Spirit Mountain         MN

Missouri

Hidden Valley            MO

Snow Creek    MO

South Dakota

Great Bear Recreation Park SD

Wisconsin

Cascade Mountain    WI

Christie Mountain Snow Area          WI

Little Switzerland      WI

Mont Du Lac Ski Area           WI

Mt LaCrosse Ski Resort         WI

Nordic Mountain       WI

The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva          WI

Wilmot Mountain      WI

According to www.skiandsnowboardmonth.org, “this World Record event is brought to you by the organizers of the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Initiative, the National Ski Areas Association, Professional Ski Instructors of America, SnowSports Industries America and SNOW Operating.”

Join us Jan 6th or all season long.  Many resorts offer learn to ski programs throughout the winter.

  Discounted programs are found throughout the Midwest and can be accessed at snowplaces.com.

 

About the MSAA

The Midwest Ski Areas Association, Inc. (MSAA) is a non-profit trade association, which represents the interests of ski areas located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  The mission of the Midwest Ski Areas Association, Inc. is to represent the interests of the membership by providing resources that enhance the quality of service and product provided to the public, and to foster, stimulate and promote safety, education and growth in the industry.  For general information on the MSAA, please visit www.snowplaces.com.  For more information  visit  http://snowplaces.com

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Executive Director/President

Midwest Ski Areas Association

651-436-5955

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The Midwest Ski Areas Association, Inc. (MSAA) is a non-profit trade association, which represents the interests of ski areas located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  The mission of the Midwest Ski Areas Association, Inc. is to represent the interests of the membership by providing resources that enhance the quality of service and product provided to the public, and to foster, stimulate and promote safety, education and growth in the industry.

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