Endurance, strength, speed, power, balance, agility/coordination - most sports require excellence in only a few of these elements. A Mountain Athlete must demonstrate a high level of competence in all these areas.
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If endurance is lacking, they'll only be able to do one run (or half a run) before needing a break or becoming sloppy with technique. If strength is low, our rider won't be able to handle advanced terrain or the forces of high-end riding (especially carving and the halfpipe). No power or quickness? You can forget about any 'gap to' rails or moguls and trees. Absolutely nothing can be accomplished without a certain level of balance, agility and coordination.
That's what makes a Mountain Athlete so unique. It's not just endurance, skill or strength. You have to prepare all your body's energy systems equally well and be able to combine the appropriate abilities and skills to match varying terrain conditions. So whether you're a snowboarder, cross-country or downhill mountain biker, alpine skier, trail runner or telemark skier, kayaker or rock climber - What's holding you back from experiencing your inner Mountain Athlete?