In between Business/Environmental Studies classes, taking care of his family and of course skiing, we sat down with the one and only Pep Fujas to pick the brain of one of skiing’s most loved pros. Welcome to our first athlete feature of the year.
Outside your standard gear, what’s your must-have for a day out at the mountain ?Something you can’t leave home without.
Kissing my daughter good-bye and not taking her to the mountain. And I can’t leave without snacks, and that’s typically anything that fits in my pack/pocket. Welch’s fruit snacks are my personal favorite.
You’ve been lucky enough to ski all over the world, if you could tomorrow, where would you go that you haven’t been too before?
1) Comcatcho Russia
4) Northern BC
5) Tierra del Fuego – Patagonia
What’s your energy food of choice for your backcountry tours?
Teriyaki Jerky, or Pro Bars energy bars.
We all have our workout routines, what is your best piece of advice for preseason conditioning?
There are many benefits to pre-season training that go beyond being jacked and prepared to stomp cliffs like Hugo Harrison on the first day. These benefits include but are not limited to; outlasting your friends who are huffing and puffing up the skin track or the ones who went in early because they were “tired”, pulling ski bunnies or bears at après when you modestly remove your jacket and your ability to go out and do the same thing all-day every-day. So how do you achieve this?
Training for the season is heavily dependent on what you’d like to achieve but the fact remains that the better prepared you are to hurl yourself down a mountain while in control, the more fun you will have! Here is some general advice that will lead you down the path to enjoying every minute of time in snow laden mountains!
1) Be diligent. Make sure to do at least one hour of training 3-5 days a week.
2) Your regiment should be structured to include endurance, stamina, strength and agility.
3) Cardio is your biggest asset. I like to spend my time outdoors, either riding my road or cross-country bike but when I can’t I make sure to get in at least a half hour of pure cardio. Don’t sit on your phone and expect any improvement. Push yourself to fluctuate between max output where you don’t think you can go anymore, and then exceed that by 10-20 seconds, reduce your resistance, get your heart rate down just long enough to fuel your muscles with oxygen and repeat.
4) Do core exercises during or after each session. Core strength has many benefits but the biggest is stabilization.
5) Switch it up. Doing the same thing day in and day out gets boring. Get creative! Two days a week I go to a ski conditioning class at BurnSLC. Besides that staple sometime I’ll get in on a yoga class, a pilates class and sometimes a barre class. Yoga helps tremendously with balance, connectivity of tissues and dynamic movements, not to mention focus and breathing. Pilates helps with dynamic movements as well as muscle stamina while barre class will make you acutely aware of how many small muscles you never knew you had.
What’s your favorite ski movie?
Tell us your best chairlift joke.
“What’s the difference between a gov’t bond and a ski bum. You know that the bond will eventually mature and make money.”