How To Train For Downhill Skiing

You may think there is no need to learn how to train for downhill skiing. Like many people, they believe downhill skiing is a relaxing sport that uses predominately their leg muscles. What most people fail to understand is that downhill skiing employs most of the major muscles groups and cardio. Learning how to train for downhill skiing will require you to manage cardio and work the major muscle groups. These are ways to work these muscle groups to help train for downhill skiing. However, training for downhill skiing requires exercise and you should consult your doctor before trying any of these training for downhill regiments to ensure you are physically fit.

Cardio Routine:

  1. To train for downhill you will need superior cardio. Use cross-training routines to help boost your cardio. These include physical fitness routines such as jumping jacks and push-ups
  2. There are several areas you can work cardio. Try running, either outdoors or on a treadmill. Running is a great way to fine tune cardio.
  3. If you have the availability of a gym, club or friends there are other avenues you can pursue. Elliptical, stationary (or regular) bikes and rowing machines are excellent sources to improve cardio.
  4. Set up a routine that is right for you. Have fun with it and track your progress. Working cardio can be a heavy test but in the end when you tackle the slopes you will be quite pleased.


  • Simple running or biking outdoors will do the trick with the cardio. If none of the above are available, simply toss on a good pair of sneakers and hit the pavement.

Muscle Routine:

  1. Training for downhill skiing will require you to work all the major muscles groups. These are the legs, arms, and torso to include the abdomen. You are not required to look like Mr. Universe, simply prepared for the impact and use of these muscle groups while skiing.
  2. Cross training, these muscle groups can be done with weight training. Use of free weights or nautilus machines is your best bet. These again are normally located at a gym or club. Free weights can be purchased at your local sporting goods store. No need to purchase large weights, moderate weights in the ten to twenty-five weight range should be sufficient
  3. Establish a routine that isolates each muscle group. Check the bookstore or online for weight training routines specific for skiing.
  4. Track your progress and have fun doing it. Weight training is an individual routine with levels that are comfortable for you. This is cross-training for downhill skiing, not a competition on who can lift more or who has built more muscle mass.
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