Hut to Hut Ski Tour Training Plan - 8 Week

Average Weekly Training Hours 08:26
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 08:26
Training Load By Week

The Uphill Athlete 8 week Hut to Hut Ski Tour Training Plan is designed for skiers bound for a multi-day hut trip and or ski traverse like the Wapta, Oertler or Haute Route. This plan assumes that you have no strength training background but are fit enough already for long day tours. This plan is ideal for ski tourers who have never engaged in an organized training program or who have not done so for a long time.

This plan is based on scientifically sound training principles and a combined thirty years of professional endurance coaching experience and sixty years of world-wide skiing, climbing and mountaineering experience. In order to complete this plan it is important to keep a few concepts in mind: Rest when you are tired. If you miss a workout do not try to make it up. Move on to the next day. If you miss more than two workouts in any given week, then repeat that week.

For those with more time to prepare and higher aspirations we strongly recommend using our 16 week Ski Mo plan. Following this longer program will give the athlete a chance to utilize a more advanced and effective periodization schedule.

The plan starts with a self-administered Aerobic Threshold assessment test. From this you will establish the training intensity limit for most of the aerobic base training that will dominate your training. The first 8 weeks also include a simple, easy-to-apply strength program to develop what is called strength reserve, the ability to repeatedly execute strength-dependent movements such as taking a step while wearing a heavy backpack.

During the last 4 weeks we introduce more intensity into the aerobic workouts in the form of weighted uphill hikes. Do not increase the intensity of the other aerobic workouts and hope to gain more benefits or to squeeze a 1 hour workout into 30 minutes. There is no short cut when it comes to aerobic adaptation.

For the very complete discussion of the concepts put to work in this plan, please refer to our 464-page book, "Training for the New Alpinism" published by Patagonia Books. For specific questions about this training plan, or to send us your success story and be featured on our website email us at Thank you your interest in our training plans. To be sure you are satisfied with your purchase, please leave your email during the checkout process so we can contact you

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Sample Day 1
Start of Transition Phase Aerobic Threshold Test

The first 4 weeks of this plan are meant to help you transition into a regular structured training program, They are primarily meant to prepare you for the harder work ahead and may not feel particularly challenging in the initial weeks.

We start with a 40min Run or Hiking Aerobic Threshold test.

Sample Day 2
Core and Gen. Strength

1x core routine and 1x general strength from Training for the New Alpinist book.

Sample Day 3

Run/hike on hilly terrain.

Sample Day 4
Recovery Run/Jog/Walk

This should be an easy run on flats. Be well below AeT even if this means walking

Sample Day 5
Core and Gen. Strength

1x core routine and 1x general strength from Training for the New Alpinist book. For details on these routines see the attachments in week 1.

Sample Day 6
Aerobic Threshold Run

Aerobic Threshold Run. Run/jog/walk at a pace you can maintain while breathing through your nose (assuming your nose is clear)

Sample Day 7
Hike on Hilly Terrain

Run/Hike on hilly terrain, vertical gain minimum of 1,000 ft.

Uphill Athlete by Steve House and Scott Johnston
Uphill Athlete LLC.

What originally inspired us to write Training for the New Alpinism, and what inspires us to continue to share the things we’ve discovered through, is the information void when it comes to specialized training for endurance mountain sports. We have successfully demonstrated a more systematic approach, using proven principles, to help you improve both your chances of achieving your goals, and your long-term fitness and safety in whatever mountain sport you are practicing.