What exercises should you do for downhill skiing?
Downhill ski racers need a strong butt and legs. Therefore, focus your exercises on your lower half. You want to bulk up your thighs and rear-end. Most professional downhill ski racers end up with "tree stumps" for legs. Focus on strength training and do squats in particular. The "wall sit" is also a great exercise. Put your back to the wall and bend down until your knees are a ninety degree angle. Try to maintain this position with your back to the wall for a minute. It is very difficult, but builds strength. Work on the Leg Press machine as well. Hamstring curls are also valuable since strong hamstrings help to protect your ACL. Basically do several different leg strengthening exercises to improve leg muscle balance and definition You also want to have core strength in your abdominal muscles because your ski turns originate from your body's center. Do sit-ups daily and crunches daily. Balance exercises (stand on one foot on a Bosu trainer) help to build balance - obviously - and confidence for those times when you might get a bit out of control on the slopes. You also need to have endurance. Strive to run on the treadmill and on the elliptical trainer. However, don't do too much cardio because you don't want to be too lean.
'downhill' While it may seem obvious that all skiing would be downhill, nevertheless there is a sporting race in skiing that is specifically called 'downhill' skiing, or the 'downhill' event. This race has very few turns, as opposed to the skiing 'slalom' event, which is also downhill, but has a zigzag course with many turns.
Downhill or Alpine skiing, is a sport in which you ride a chair lift up a mountain and put two planks on your feet. You then slide down on your "skis". There are different kinds of alpine skiing including: freestyle skiing (doing tricks) alpine racing (skiing as fast as you can around gates), and just going out to have fun!
It depends what kind.....Cross-country skiing at a good pace (generally on a rolling hills terrain to very hilly) is proven to be the best sport for you. Skate-skiing works nearly every muscle!! Downhill skiing on the other hand is a leisurely and pointless sport if you are looking to get fit!!! Downhill skiing is not bad for you(but you could injure yourself)
Quite a bit is different. The gear is different, the skis are straight, as opposed to downhill skis being curved (the curve makes it easier to turn on a downhill slope), the boots in cross country are not stationary in the bindings, as downhill boots are, instead you can move the heels, and the poles used in cross country are longer. Also, the slopes are not nearly as steep as in downhill skiing.