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Uphill Athlete 12 Week Grand Traverse (Ski) Training Plan


Uphill Athlete by Steve House and Scott Johnston

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12 Weeks

Plan Description

This is a beginner to intermediate level plan for those with the goal of skiing Colorado's Grand Traverse Race or a similar long backcountry ski race. It can also work well for those seeking a better fitness base for a multi-day Hut to Hut ski trip such as Canada's Wapta traverse, the Oertler traverse in Italy, Austria's Hoch Tirol Traverse, or the Haute Route.

This plan does not require daily access to snow for skiing but the results will certainly be better if you can get on snow 3-4 days per week for most of the plan. Alternative workouts including running, hiking up hill and steep treadmill hikes can be substituted. Minimal gym equipment is needed for the strength workouts. Since the GT often has sections of the course where proficient skiers can skate there are some workouts that suggest training to skate on your race gear.

Maximum weekly training volume is 13 hours and minimum is 7 hours total time.

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Other x3
01:36:00 01:30:00
Strength x2
01:14:00 01:00:00
XC-Ski x2
05:02:00 06:00:00
Custom x1
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Day Off x1
—— ——
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
01:36:00 01:30:00
01:14:00 01:00:00
05:02:00 06:00:00
—— ——
Day Off
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Training Load By Week

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.

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