As much as we all love beer, football and turkey, skiers and snowboarders really do need to spend fall getting fit for their first trip to the slopes. You'll ride better, avoid injury and ensure that you have the energy to go hard on snow day after day.

In order to help you get ready for this winter, we turned to the ultimate experts—the trainers and athletes of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard team. They've provided us with some of the best exercises to use in three distinct times of the season: Preseason, Mid-Season and Off-season.

Part I: Starting Strong: 5 Essential Exercises for Preseason Fitness

Part II: Ride Strong: How to Stay Fit During Winter

Part III: Off-Season Training: Tips for Maintaing Fitness During Sping & Summer