How To Get Ready For Ski Season

So you are a little behind this year on training your body to handle all of the strains that ski season puts on your core, legs, knees and feet. Don’t worry. It is not too late!

I’m using the term “ski season” generically here, so all of you snowboarders out there, don’t be offended. This article is for you too!

Here are some suggestions that will help you get ready to shred the gnar at your favorite resort or in the backcountry.

Mind Over Matter

The most important piece of advice that I can give you is to train your mind. You’ve got to get out of bed in the morning and start working on your body, consistently. If you are not a morning person, put your exercise routine on your schedule. If you don’t, other things in life will take precedence and it won’t happen. Be intentional with your training and I promise, you will see great benefits!


Cardio – You’ve got to take your cardio game to the next level. Doing activities that increase your heart rate and push your body to its limits are essential here.

  • Go for a long run or winter bike ride – 2x/week
  • Workout at your local Cycle Bar – they will push and motivate you – 2x/week
  • Do burpees and super set them with jumping jacks – 3 reps of 60 seconds, 3x/week

Core & Strength – Here are some exercises you can do at home to get in shape for ski season.

  • Monday
    • Complete 3 cycles of the activities below, each at 30 sec
    • Jog in place for active rest in-between each exercise below
    • Alternating side lunge and core rotations
    • On your back bicycles
    • Alternating squat kicks
    • 3 punch and high-knee pulls
    • Burpees with no jumping
  • Tuesday
    • Complete 3 cycles of the activities below, each for 12 reps
    • Jog in place for active rest in-between each exercise below – 30 sec
    • Dumbbell row push-ups
    • Alternating dumbbell lunges with bicep curls
    • Standing dumbbell presses
    • Leaning dumbbell rows
    • Standing dumbbell tricep extensions
    • Dumbbell ab twists
  • Wednesday
    • Complete 5 cycles of the activities below, each for 20 seconds
    • Superset – jumping jacks and prison squats
    • Superset – high knee taps and chair step ups
    • Superset – commando planks and reverse crunches
  • Thursday
    • Complete 5 cycles of the activities below, each at 10 reps with 10 standing knee to elbow crunches in-between each activity.
    • Lateral lunges
    • Decline push-ups
    • Reverse plank kicks
    • Bench dips
    • Shoulder touch planks
  • Friday
    • Complete 3 cycles of the following, each at 10 reps
    • Superset – floor dumbbell flys and floor dumbbell presses
    • Superset – standing shoulder presses and lateral dumbbell raises until failure
    • Superset – dumbbell tricep kick backs and overhead tricep extensions
  • Saturday
    • Complete 3 cycles of the following, each at 10 reps
    • Superset – alternating side leg lifts with dumbbells and then sumo squats
    • Superset – glute bridges with dumbbells and then chair squats
    • Superset – calf raises and reverse dumbbell lunges
  • Sunday – take the day off so your body can rest and recuperate!


If your equipment is not in tip-top shape, you are in for a lousy season. Get some tuning gear and learn how to tune your skis, snowboard or split board. If you don’t have the extra time to devote to ski tuning each year, let your local professional ski shop take care of your tuning for you.


Be sure that you have a safe, reliable means of transportation into the mountains. Check your tires each season to make sure you have enough tread. I highly recommend spending the extra money for a set of winter snow tires. They make a big difference over all-season tires for driving on icy and snow packed roads.

In addition, stock your car with essentials you might need along the snowy roadways. Make sure you have an emergency kit in your car at all times, along with a shovel, cooler of food/water and a sleeping bag for each passenger.

Anything else?

What have I missed? Tell us in the comments below and help others prepare for a great ski season this winter!

Part 107 – Study tips for the drone pilot exam

I have to tell you that I am pretty psyched that I was able to pass the Part 107 FAA Drone Pilot Exam fairly quickly. I also want you to know that with a little patience and dedication, you can totally do this too! You DO NOT need to take one of those expensive prep courses or pay an enormous amount of money for a flight instructor to mentor you. This was one of the most important things I learned during the process.

Benefits to passing the exam:

  • Fly commercially – which means that you can get paid for your production imagery or use your drone to do agricultural surveys and aerial mapping. This will give you many new possibilities for you to make money with your drone. Literally, the sky is the limit on the number of opportunities there are available to you. You can check out the following websites for ideas and job leads once you are certified.
  • Set yourself apart – you will be able to distinguish yourself as a certified drone pilot among the sea of hobbyists that are out there charging clients illegally. If you are going to make business transactions with your drone, you need a certification in order to transact legally in the United States.
  • Have more fun – seriously, you are really going to enjoy flying your drone and learning about aeronautics as you get certified. It will open up a new world for you intellectually and creatively. You will learn about weather patterns, FAA regulations, airspace, sectional charts, crew resource management, aeronautical decision making and radio communications.

My tips:

  1. Schedule your exam – without setting a deadline for yourself, you may never get around to it. Head over to CATS now and find a testing center near you.
  2. Visit the FAA website – review all of the resources available to you on the FAA UAS website.
  3. Download the Remote Pilot’s Study Guide – read it in its entirety. This will really help you build a solid foundation in your understanding of what will be on the exam.
  4. Download the Charts Users Guide – this will prepare you for understanding sectional charts which are a large majority of the exam questions. You need to make this a primary focus of your study to be successful on the exam.
  5. Download the FAA Drone Pilot (UAS) Test Prep app for your mobile device – this app by Dauntless Software is expensive for an app, but well worth it. This is the only $$ I spent in addition to the $150 exam fee. The app enhances your learning by using flashcards, quizzes and a unique “learn by listening” feature that is a huge benefit for auditory learners.
  6. Watch Tony Northrup’s YouTube video multiple times – it is called FREE Drone Certification Study Guide: FAA Part 107 sUAS Test and it will walk you through all of the key information that you need to know for the exam. Seriously, watch it more that once and you will be impressed by how well it can help in your exam prep.
  7. After you pass – wait 48 hours and then register and apply for your remote pilot certificate on the FAA’s IACRA website. In about 10 days from filling out that application online, you will receive your temporary certificate. It normally takes 6-8 weeks for the FAA to issue your permanent remote pilot certificate.

Again, don’t fall prey to all of the hype on the Internet about online training courses for this exam and don’t waste time watching 30+ lectures. Follow my tips above, be confident in your abilities and go pass that sucker!

Add value to this post by adding your questions or tips in the comments section below.

Best of luck to you!