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Marnie Smith directs Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes during Pilates exercises on Friday at the base of Howelsen Hill. Pilates can help build a strong core beneficial to skiing and snowboarding.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes are gearing up for winter

Preparing for the snow season is always a good idea said Mark Jones, an exercise physiologist for Steamboat's Optimum Fitness. "A fitness program is like an insurance policy," he said Friday, speaking between the personal training appointments that filled his day. "If you're not fit, your risks go up. If you are fit and do get hurt, you have a smaller chance of having a more severe injury."

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