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Heliskiing: Hydration & Personal Sport Fuel

A week of heliskiing can take its toll physically on your muscles. Extreme physical sports require proper eating and hydration to ensure you can maintain your energy through-out the week. Your Heli-skiing success depends on eating the right foods to keep energy levels at your highest. The level of your alertness, judgment, skiing pleasure or pain, will be the result of your food and water intake.

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Hydration

Water is so important it accounts for 60% of your body mass. Water keeps the blood moving smoothly and gets more oxygen to the muscles while you are negotiating the mountain. When you are Heli-skiing you produce near 5x the amount of heat as normal, so it’s important to replace the fluids during your Heli-skiing vacation. Hydrate before your adventure, drink before you are thirsty. The rule of thumb is to replace the fluids that you lost and stay hydrated to Ski at your best.

On a challenging day of Heli-skiing, each liter of sweat saps 700mg of sodium electrolytes, though you can balance your electrolytes with snacks or a V8@880mg. Gatorade during a hot ski day will provide a profound jolt of quick digestible glucose, carbohydrates, and electrolytes. Water is better than coffee, which is better than beer or wine. If you drink a coffee, chase it with a glass of water. Red wine or dark beer can encourage your blood flow. It’s ok to have a couple of morning coffee’s and evening refreshments, but any more will work against your physical efforts. Maintain the benefits of H2O to stay at your peak, there is plenty of water and Gatorade on board the helicopter to help you stay hydrated during the day.

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Personal Sport Fuel

Physical and mental energy comes from foods such as: fresh fruit, veggies and grain. Every individual muscle, bone, organ, needs this food to operate properly. Energy is required to perform mechanical work with muscle action. Then fluids conduct heat and sustain body temperature. Also, food calories produce energy to keep the body’s temperature at a level for systems to operate. The most important food materials are: water, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, fiber. The active Skier may eat as many different foods as possible to get enough variety for a well-balanced diet.

Calories are units of food energy or fuel. Strive to consume loaded calories that are high in carbs and low in fat; giving the best performance results. Fruits, veggies and grains are excellent, or check the food package for energy ratings per serving. A 160lb. intermediate skier requires near 3000 calories/day.

Carbohydrates are the most fuel efficient food for active muscles; they supply the bulk of energy during high intensity activity such as Heli-skiing. Energy comes from the carbs stored in the muscles, liver, and bloodstream. High-energy complex carbohydrates are slow burning fuel and include: fruit, veggies, potatoes, whole grains, pasta, and breads, rice. Simple carbohydrates are quick energy snacks: granola bars, energy bars, raisins, dried fruits, chocolate, nuts, shredded coconut, and trail mix.

Fats are less-efficient fuel but more concentrated than carbohydrates, most foods have a certain amount of fat to provide an automatic 20% for a balanced diet. Your body releases fat for energy during low intensity activity, there is little immediate benefit during high intensity sports. Fats are found in meat, butter, nuts. On a cold day, add some butter to your toast in the morning to help keep you warm, fat also acts as an insulator.

Protein is best at building and repairing muscle tissue after intense activities such as Heli-skiing. Protein produces even less energy than fat and consumes calories in this process. Meat, fish, eggs, milk and cheeses are good sources of protein. Minerals or electrolytes can be in the form of sodium, potassium, calcium and iron from fruit, veggies and grains. A balanced diet will provide minerals for enzyme functions.

Minerals are sweat-out easily and are important to be replenished regularly to help metabolize foods. Sports drinks provide an excellent supply of minerals or electrolytes. 

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Select the Best Sports Fuel for Heli-Skiing. Strive for optimal calorie consumption: 70% carbs, 20% fat, 10% protein. Not only will this formula provide optimal energy stores, it will prevent: heart disease, many cancers, hypertension, diabetes, eye disease. Snack often when you're Skiing and avoid the big lazy day lunch. Your digestive system won’t have to work as hard with a light lunch, your stomach will love you and this can make your Heli-skiing easier. Experiment with a variety of snacks, sports drinks and energy bars are the most efficient source of energy, though fresh fruit is best for you. Fruit such as oranges, apples, bananas, will replenish: fuel, electrolytes and minerals. Experience the best days of your life now, with the right personal sport fuel at TLH Heli-Skiing.

TLH Heliskiing: Seats Are Filling Fast – Book Early! Our 830,000 acres of ski terrain is 200 times more than Vail, Colorado, and 10 times more than Les Trois Vallées, France. With over 350 existing runs - and more being added every year - there’s always something new to experience.

Posted: Friday, August 09, 2013

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