Exercises and workouts to prepare you for skiing Heading to the slopes soon? A little prep can go a long way to enhancing your enjoyment and avoiding injury. If you plan to ski in February or March, now is the time to get started. I'll be heading to Colorado to ski Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and the surrounding slopes. Where do you plan to ski this winter? It takes 6-8 weeks to build the muscular strength and endurance you'll need for hitting the slopes. As most of you know, the key areas to focus on are your legs and core muscles. There are numerous websites, but we found the link above to be a good general reference. The site does a great job with explaining the exercises, the content is presented well, and the recommendations are sound. You can print the page of exercises and bring it with you to the gym. Several of the exercises can be performed at home.