Fatigue in the legs is a problem experienced by skiers. It has been suggested that optimal orthotics may reduce muscle fatigue for a given movement task by minimising muscle activity (Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 31 (1999) S421). The aims were to determine whether EMG would provide an independent method of analysing myoelectric fatigue in the vastus lateralis (VL) during a skier’s squat and whether orthotics could affect this fatigue response. Six skiers performed skier’s squats for as long as possible with no orthotic, low volume orthotics and high volume orthotics in their ski boots. Bipolar, active surface electrodes recorded EMG activity in the VL throughout each squat. Results for the EMG median frequency showed a significant shift in the power density spectrum towards the lower frequencies (P0.05). Subjective and objective findings support the use of the high volume foot orthotic for skiers.