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Aspen: Where the stars go skiing
03:00 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

You know you’re a skier when winter daydreams involve swooping down sparkling slopes on far off majestic mountains.

So when your precious ski trip does come around, it pays to have done a bit of preparation.

And for most of us, that means a little work on our fitness.

You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete, or even a gym-obsessed fitness freak, but a bit of ski-specific exercise in the built up to your break will help you ski better, for longer. Even taking the stairs instead of the elevator can be a good start.

“A lot of people are regretful they weren’t fitter … but busy lives take over,” says Tom Saxlund, founder of New Generation ski school which operates in the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps.

“I see a big difference in clients who are active and those who aren’t.”

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