Few of today’s high profile skiers are as thoughtful and introspective as Mark Abma, the British Columbia ripper who has spent 20 years on the cutting edge of big mountain skiing. His transition from competitive mogul skier to high-flying freeskier to one of the most creative and inspiring big mountain chargers has set a new bar for today’s aspiring skiers. Abma’s insights into the importance of a mogul-skiing stance and the role of hydrotherapy in not just physical but mental recovery offers lessons for us all.
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1:15 - The first ski vacation as a 10-year-old3:20 - Idolizing Scott Schmidt as a kid6:00 - From mogul contests to park, pipe and big air competition9:10 - The mogul stance that works everywhere in all conditions13:00 - Chasing Szocs, JP, JF and Boronowski in Whistler backcountry18:00 - Taking terrain park tricks into the backcountry21:30 - Staying clear and focused when nervous 22:10 - Deep breathing strategies to calm nerves25:00 - Best advice from a mogul coach: look up and appreciate and be grateful26:00 - Ten years of hydrotherapy28:10 - Cold water baths open more than capillaries. They open neuropathways29:40 - All encompassing healing from hydrotherapy30:00 - Upper, lower, cardio workout rotation in fall to prepare for ski season31:00 - High intensity cardio workouts to build lactic tolerance33:00 - Interval training to strengthen legs before ski season35:00 - Push though it whether you like it or not36:30 - Direct energy into sport to learn to set goals for spiritual, physical and financial reward
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