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When I go on a ski trip I usually like to go at least two days in a row. The issue I run into by about midday on the second day is that my legs are pretty much shot.

I would like to be able to do at least two days of fairly intense skiing without getting drained to the point of exhaustion by the end of day two. Are there any exercises I could focus on to help improve my endurance for when I hit the slopes?

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Ski more! I feel like it takes 12-15 days before I'm in shape and ready to ski full days. –  jahroy May 12 '12 at 5:05

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Skiing requires a good deal of strength and endurance, particularly on a multi-day excursion. One suggested exercise program suggested by this site include:

  • 3 to 5 days each week of your favorite activity. The best for skiing include running, the stairmaster, step aerobics, elliptical trainer and rollerblading.
  • A variety of workouts at varying intensities lasting from 20 to 45 minutes.
  • One long, slow workout each week for 60 or more minutes to condition your legs and lungs for long days of skiing.

Another page lists several links to specific exercises to improve:

  • Muscular strength
  • Explosive power
  • Flexibility
  • Endurance

In summary, building strength and endurance will help you enjoy your trip to the snow. Enjoy!

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