Dolomiti Superski, because skiing is good according to science

More oxygen and more heart: skiing lowers cholesterol, increases red blood cells and makes you happy. From today to calculate how much our snow performances are worth in well-being there is a new tool to use it just a few clicks and a skipass. Here’s how and where to feel good

We know it a bit without a scientific study: when we come back from a skiing day we are happier. Being outdoors, exercising, eating well and – in the case of the Dolomiti Superski area – having in front of the beauty of the Dolomites, since June 2009 Unesco World Heritage Site, are a package that attracts not over the 1200 km of slopes about 3 million skiers every season of the world’s largest ski area.

But in addition to personal experience, that skiing is good for body and spirit, science now also confirms it. According to a study Sases of the Institute of Sports and Exercise Sciences of the University of Salzburg, those who ski with a certain regularity lowers blood cholesterol levels, hypertension, and reduces body weight, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s .

Moreover, as already demonstrated in the study Amas (Austrian Moderate Altitude Study) of 2000, even staying only a few days at a moderately high level, acts on the general blood picture with an increase in the production of red blood cells and hemoglobin that speeds up the renewal of blood and improves the supply of oxygen in the tissues. The Amas study claims that over 40% of people while on the move are in a range of 60 to 80% of their maximum heart rate, which according to WHO is the frequency range that helps to keep in the training and in health the circulatory system.

To measure the benefits of skiing and “compete with ourselves”, the Dolomiti Superski area has developed a new “indicator of well-being”. On the My Dolomiti website, to which you subscribe with a few clicks (for those who want to easily access with Facebook and Google Plus), each skier has a personal page available linked to the skipass used on the slopes. This allows you to know everything about what we have done on skis: how many kilometers we have covered in a day or a period, how many and which plants we have taken, we can check on the maps our movements, reach goals and compete with other skiers (the at the end of the year, 4 winners will be chosen for kilometers traveled, height difference, number of lifts whose prize will be a magnificent helicopter flight over the Dolomites).

But even without being the first you can still be champions. Dolomiti Superski rewards users registered for “MyDolomiti” who ski more during the whole season. Three levels of performance have been identified which, if achieved, entitle the withdrawal of an exclusive bracelet identifying the level reached during the season. The three levels have been named: to be a Superskier you must have skied more than 8 days and skied in more than 5 days; to be Advanced you need to ski a total of days greater than 15 by touching 7 valleys. Then there is the Challenger bracelet, the bracelet of someone who really loves skiing: a total of skiing days greater than 25, skiing in 12 valleys! In practice, a great mountain trip.

But it is in this section that there is also the new indicator that establishes 7 different levels of well-being that can be achieved by the skier and whose values ​​have been calculated based on WHO recommendations and other clinical studies. It starts from those in a day skiing making less than 1,000 meters in altitude (not enough) up to 8,000 (an agonist not to be imitated if you are not professionals), but generally a daily gap of between 4,000 and 6,000 meters is the training is optimal. They look like so many? In reality they are done faster than imagined.