Om the Slopes

Last year's inaugural Snow Salutes yoga retreat for skiers and snowboarders went so well that the organizers have brought it back for a second round. "People seemed to really enjoy it," notes Erin Bakersmith of the Yoga Mat, who coordinates the retreat. "We have quite a few repeat guests."

The idea is to incorporate yoga into your skiing and snowboarding day by holding pre- and post-slope classes to limber you up and then wind you down. The first yoga session is this morning at 8 a.m., to prepare you for a full day on the mountain; that's followed by a restorative apres-ski yoga class at 4:30 p.m., then dinner at 7 p.m. On Sunday, participants will greet the day with another 8 a.m. yoga class before hitting the slopes -- or heading home.

"In terms of balancing, you're going to need to work those core muscles and the legs -- the quads and the hamstrings," notes Bakersmith. "We do a lot of spine stabilization techniques to make sure you're standing upright and positioning yourself correctly. Doing the same actions over and over can cause injury, so we're making sure we're stretching and warming the muscles we need to."

Snow Salutes takes place at Copper Mountain; the three yoga classes and three meals cost $175, and participants get a discount on lift tickets. To sign up, go to
Jan. 28-29, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., 2012


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