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Olympian Nancy Green-Raine said staying active in the off-season is key to enjoying your first day back on the slopes.



With ski season upon us, Olympic gold medalist Nancy Green-Raine is offering tips and tricks on gearing up for the mountains.



Staying active is top on her list of must-dos.



She said participating in ski-parallel sports utilizes similar muscle groups, which is particularly helpful in physically preparing for the ski and snowboard season.



"You can go to the gym and work on the core muscle groups too — they are key to balancing — and skating, either in-line or ice, is really good for balance."



Green-Raine is warning people that advances in ski technology have changed the face of the sport. If you haven’t strapped on the planks for a few years, you’re in for a surprise with new "shaped" skis, she said.



The Olympic star was in town to promote Sun Peaks Resort opening all three of its lift-serviced mountains in Kamloops, where she has her signature lodge.



"The hill is fully open, and the Austrian ski team has been training on the hill since Nov. 7," she said. "We have lots of powder and a good solid base."