Ready for winter? Conditioning classes begin Oct. 9 |

Ready for winter? Conditioning classes begin Oct. 9

Vail Vitality Center's winter conditioning program is for a variety of on-snow sports and offers classes three days a week for six weeks.
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So the early snow in October has got you itching for ski season?

Vail Mountain opens for the season on Friday, Nov. 17, and Beaver Creek starts turning Wednesday, Nov. 22. Take a deep breath, there’s still some time.

But while your mind is getting ready for ski season, don’t forget about prepping those old muscles you’ve swapped out for all of the summer activities.

Remember, those people “skiing” on sidewalks in October are those people zooming past you on the mountain come Thanksgiving. Let them serve as a reminder of those first powder days when the legs burn and the body aches after just one run.

Here’s a list of a few ski conditioning programs happening across the valley in anticipation of the 2017-18 winter season.


On Mondays and Thursdays starting Oct. 9, the Avon Recreation Center will be offering an eight-week progressive program twice a week to help get you ready for snowshoe, skating, Nordic, skiing and snowboarding. The classes at the rec center in Avon will be from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.

Cost: For Avon Rec Center members, cost is $3 per session; Eagle County residents pay $15; and $17 for people outside of Eagle County.

More information: Call 970-748-4057 or visit


On Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Oct. 17 through Nov. 30, from noon to 1 p.m., Dogma Athletica in Edwards have two trainers tailoring programs for all winter enthusiasts, whether you ski, snowboard, cross-country ski, skate ski, snow shoe or skin. These classes focus on low impact and high metabolic drills. Space is limited to 10 spots.

Cost: Dogma members pay $220 for the series; non-members pay $330.

More information: Call 970-688-4433 or visit


Beginning Monday, Oct. 9, and running through Friday, Nov. 17, the Vail Vitality Center’s winter conditioning program takes place three days a week for six weeks, with a combination of days and times throughout the day. The program is focused on small groups this year, with a max of six people per class.

Cost: $299 for Vail Vitality Center members; and $429 for non-members (which includes membership for the duration of the program).

More information: Call 970-746-7960 or visit

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