Placing in the top ten on the Alpine skiing World Cup circuit in Ofterschwang in 2006, Christina Lustenberger gives us a tour of what the skiing life is made of: how to stay in shape, where to ski, and, of course, what to wear.

What are the top three ski destinations for 2019 and why? What’s special about these destinations for you?

Revelstoke Mountain Resort, BC– It has the best skiing and snow in the world. From alpine to tree skiing, this area has it all.

Recommended for: All skiers, from first time touring to expert ski mountaineers.

Types of terrain: Beginner, freeride, and great top to bottom piste skiing.

Rogers Pass, BC –This is roadside ski touring and ski mountaineering at its finest. I love skiing in the pass, with big long alpine runs and beautiful Selkirk peaks.

Best time to go: December – March.

Recommended for: People with touring experience, good fitness, and some knowledge about the backcountry.

Whitecap Alpine Adventures Lodge, BC – It’s beautiful fly-in ski touring lodge. I love it here – the terrain is amazing. It has a guided and fully-catered lodge life experience.


Recommended for: People with touring experience.

 

How do you prepare before skiing? How does your fitness routine change throughout the year?

During the off-season, I trail run and rock climb. Once fall comes around and the temperatures start to drop, I start running longer distances. I think it’s important to stay active in the off-season, whatever you might be doing. Running, climbing, and biking are all great activities to keep you fit and get you ready for ski season.

 

How do you stay on top of your game?

I’m an Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) ski guide, so every year begins with ‘guides training’. This consists of avalanche training, crevasse rescue training, and practicing all the safety protocols. It helps me keep sharp and start the season off well.

What are some tips and tricks to staying in shape and healthy that people might not think of?

During the winter I ski so much, I really have to take my health seriously. I can be skiing for 8-10 hours a day, in the cold, breaking trail, so it’s easy to run yourself empty. My biggest tip is staying hydrated, I drink lots of water before and after skiing, warm tea when I’m at home, and I get lots of sleep to recover for the next day.

 

How do ideas of freedom play into your life?

Freedom to me means following your dreams.

 

What’s your go-to equipment?

Black crow skis, smart wool socks, Petzl gear (helmet and climbing hardware), Oakley goggles, and anything from the Arc’teryx line. I’m lucky to have support from the best companies in the industry.

 

What are your favourite Arc’teryx products?

Sentinel LT Jacket ($700) – With a GORE-TEX protective outer shell, this weatherproof and long silhouette jacket will be your best friend.

Airah Jacket ($800) – This insulated, backcountry jacket is all you need to keep you warm and dry on even the worst days.

Konseal Hoody ($230) – This midlayer fleece has trim fitting Polartec® Power Dry® technology that’s perfect for skiers.

Thorium AR Hoody ($400) – This down-insulated jacket is versatile, working as either a midlayer or a standalone jacket.

 

How do you survive the harsh Canadian cold during the winters?

When I’m out ski touring in the cold, it’s all about the right layers. I’m trying to stay dry on the way up. As soon as I stop, my warmer layers go on. Good gloves, sometimes heated socks, neck buff, and a thermos of hot tea.

Does style play an important factor in your life at all? Do you manage to stay stylish within the constraints of winter clothing?

Yes! This is huge for me. I’m constantly working with the Arc’teryx designers on how we can make technical gear without sacrificing the style. I think it’s important to portray yourself with style in the mountains. You want your jacket and layers to fit properly, have stylish contemporary colours, and have accents and details that have been well thought-out. The days of unstylish outerwear are over!

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