Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In



Train Your Legs to Conquer Black Diamonds and Mogul Runs

Whip your quads and hamstrings into ski shape with this two-move power circuit.

Lock Icon

Unlock this article and more benefits with 25% off.

Already have an Outside Account? Sign in

Outside+ Logo

25% Off Outside+.
$4.99/month $3.75/month*

Get the one subscription to fuel all your adventures.

  • Map your next adventure with our premium GPS apps: Gaia GPS Premium and Trailforks Pro.
  • Read unlimited digital content from 15+ brands, including Outside Magazine, Triathlete, Ski, Trail Runner, and VeloNews.
  • Watch 600+ hours of endurance challenges, cycling and skiing action, and travel documentaries.
  • Learn from the pros with expert-led online courses.
Join Outside+

*Outside memberships are billed annually. You may cancel your membership at anytime, but no refunds will be issued for payments already made. Upon cancellation, you will have access to your membership through the end of your paid year. More Details

Looking for tips to help you get more out of your turns? Join Outside+ to access exclusive instructional videos from the best pros in the biz. It’s way more affordable than a private ski lesson or gym membership. 


Skiing may be the furthest thing from your mind at the moment, but this is the time of year when you can make major gains for next season. Don’t just take our word for it—take it from U.S. Ski Team athletes, who are in the middle of a focused strength and conditioning training block at the Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah.

While the athletes work through various exercise programs to target everything from strength to mobility to agility, one of the main goals for the downhill skiers is to build power in the lower body. Power—the ability to move against resistance in the shortest amount of time—is a key ingredient to success for downhillers like Breezy Johnson and Bryce Bennett as well as slalom specialists like Mikaela Shiffrin.

Here’s why: When you increase your power, you increase your reaction time and cardiovascular endurance. In skiing, this means you can adapt more quickly to variable terrain and obstacles on the slope, and improve your ability to ski technical lines top to bottom. Increase your power, and you become not only a stronger skier, but a more dynamic one.

Related: The Procrastinator’s Guide to Ski Fitness

Power training looks a lot like traditional strength training. It involves standard strength-building moves like squats and lunges, but with added resistance and the goal of completing these moves in quick bursts, requiring you to move against force quickly.

Connie Sciolino, owner and head coach of the Alpine Training Center in Boulder, Colo., is a fan of stringing together traditional strength exercises with plyometric versions of the same move to build power and endurance at the same time. The following power circuit contains just two simple moves, but when repeated back to back, it challenges your lower body and cardiovascular endurance the same way a mogul run does.

Watch: 2-Move Power Circuit for Skiers

Video loading...

Get Ski Fit

Watch the Lazy Skier’s Guide to Foam Rolling and Muscle Recovery
Improve Your Skiing in the Off-Season By Focusing on Balance
3 Exercises for Skiers That Aren’t Lunges or Squats