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The K2 family at the local's favorite resort, Alpental
The K2 family at local’s favorite Alpental, WA

Staying fit and active in the summer is the best way to ski hard again once the snow starts to fall.  With mountains, ocean, lakes, and rivers all within a couple hours of the K2 global headquarters, we can’t think of a better place than Seattle and the PNW to call home.  Check out the ways some of the in-house K2 crew gets down during the summer months to stay in ski shape all year long.

Liza Bee Hodgins – Finance and Accounting

Liza topping out on Brother Peak in Olympic National Park
Liza topping out on Brother Peak in Olympic National Park

Most of my “staying in shape for skiing” is disguised as adventuring in the mountains with friends.  I ski year-round in the backcountry, seeking out the last of the snow before it melts in the Cascades, then turning to the volcanoes. If I’m not doing that I’m out riding trails on my mountain bike; I find it very similar to ski touring, spending most of the time climbing then reaping the rewards of your “suffering” by ripping down and high-fiving at the bottom. I also enjoy a good summit scramble or multi-day backpacking trip. During the week I bike commute most days, which helps me stay sane and also has the added benefit of being good for me.

Dan Mohr – Graphic Design

I inline skate on K2 Skate’s SODO for endurance and cardio, and aggressive skate on K2 Skate’s Unnatural in the parks on the rails and bowls, doing the flips and the jumps and grinders.  I paddle board to keep my core in shape, and I lift weights and do dips and pull ups and push ups to stay looking fly.  I love to run steps, keeps my legs strong for hiking.  I also hike a lot.

Valerie Long – Marketing Manager

The family that plays together...
The family that plays together…

My summer includes, spending a lot of time with my girls playing friendly games of beach dodgeball, running throughout the PNW, tennis, skating on Alki and lots of hikes throughout the West.

Thomas Kauffman – Supply Chain

Rolling deep with Thomas' MTB crew
Rolling deep with Thomas’ MTB crew

Mountain biking is my primary summer sport. I think it’s the perfect sport to compliment skiing. You get to navigate the mountains and woods while wearing shorts and t-shirt. Nothing beats a hard couple laps on Tiger or Tokul and then a post-ride dip in the river. It’s also one of the most physically demanding sports I’ve ever done. It keeps your legs and core strong so you’re ready to rip when the snow starts to fall!

Garrett Lund – Customer Service

Garrett, the fish whisper, in his element
Garrett, the fish whisper, in his element

Come summertime I’m already thinking about next winter but I do love summer activities. In the summer I find myself fly fishing, mountain biking, and trail running, and find myself on the road every weekend trying to escape the city. All these sports take me outside, but mountain biking and trail running have the most application to offseason ski training. I find that mountain biking keeps me practicing movements that have application to skiing. Its also just a fun sport that takes me around the west.

One my other summer activities is trail running. This sport was definitely inspired by my desire to try and stay in ‘ski shape’. Its an activity that  is great offseason ski training and it takes you into the outdoors. At the end of the day it just makes those hiking trails take less time. Really looking forward to summer and the sunshine!

Jesse Cote – Graphic Design

Jesse balancing work with play
Jesse balancing work with play

I spend my summer practicing falling over from headstands, jumping on boxes, spending countless hours executing the perfect hopscotch with 4-year-old twins, and yelling at people while training to teach boot camp.

Jed Yeiser – Ski Engineering

Jed harvesting a bountiful spring/summer corn crop
Jed enjoying a bountiful spring/summer corn harvest

We’re in the PNW, so the skiing never really ends!  During the spring and summer I split my time between ski touring adventures and getting out on the mountain bike (the PNW has some of the best riding in the world!)

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