Sports Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for participants in team and individual sport activities. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

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?

share|improve this question
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
up vote 9 down vote accepted

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!

share|improve this answer
Which of those would be best for someone who just gets sore legs / muscle fatigue, but not necessarily runs out of breath? – user2813274 Dec 3 '14 at 19:07
@user2813274 I would suggest longer workouts regularly, as your body needs to adapt to a heavy workload that will last for a long time. This is often how long distance runners do it; by running long distance so that legs and lungs (or whatever part of the body isn't fit enough) learns to cope with the amount of work needed. This can be done in a slower pace (than when race), but it will still simulate the circumstances equal to a race, or many days of skiing. – Pphoenix Feb 24 '15 at 15:47

The better you ski, the less energy you need to expend. Try some lessons to learn how to ski with less effort.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.