Core is a big part of skiing bumps, no doubt. Your core can help you maintain technique that is less tiring.
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Many years ago, I remember seeing this quote posted on the wall of an old power lifting gym that I was a member of. I think it is relative to any discussion regarding what the best excercise is for strengthing not only your muscles of your lower body, but your "core" as well.
Way down this road, in a gym far away, A young man was once heard to say, "I've repped high and I've repped low, No matter what I do, my legs won't grow" He tried leg extensions, leg curls, and leg presses too Trying to cheat, these sissy workouts he'd do. From the corner of the gym where the BIG men train, Through a cloud of chalk and the midst of pain Where the big iron rides high and threatens lives, Where the noise is made with big forty-fives, A deep voice bellowed as he wrapped his knees, A very big man with legs like trees. Laughing as he snatched another plate from the stack Chalking his hands and monstrous back, said, "Boy, stop lying and don't say you've forgotten, The trouble with you is you ain't been SQUATTIN'." — DALE CLARK, 1983
Here is an excerpt from an EzineArtile by Mike Knollenberg, an expert personal trainer and certified Muscle Activation Techniques Specialist (MAT):
"My favorite exercise for increasing core strength is the squat and the variations you can perform from there. Why would the squat be the best core strengthening exercise? It calls on all muscles of the body to contract and stabilize. Think about how many times you do some sort of squatting motion during the day. You get up out of a chair, in and out of your car, walking up stairs. All these movements involve a squat type motion.
During the squat, the hips, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, quads and lower leg muscles all work to stabilize and move the lower body. The abdominal and lower back muscles stabilize the torso so you do not fall forward while performing this motion. Since these muscles work together to perform the movement, it is clear that training these together as a unit will give you stronger functional strength compared to doing isolation specific exercises. Once you feel comfortable performing the squat, you can add a variety of movements like an overhead press or lateral raise to advance your training. If you really want to avoid back problems, prevent chronic pain and burn more calories while strengthening your core, the squat is the way to go."
If you read any of the contemporary literature on exercise science, you will see this resounding theme of functional strength development. Hit the gym in off-season, have someone teach you how to do squats properly, and do them once a week. Follow that program, and I would be fairly confident in saying that you will have far less leg burn while out on the slopes.