What snow sports burn the most calories?

Snow sports and exercise go hand-in-hand. You'll enjoy snow sports more if you're in shape, but you'll stay in shape by participating.

Which snow sports burn the most calories? Actual calories burned will depend on your weight (heavier people burn more calories per hour), how fast you're moving, whether the terrain is flat or hilly, and other factors. Also, the figures below are for an hour of continuous activity (waiting in a lift line doesn't count). But being active during the winter burns a lot more calories than sitting inside playing video games, that's for sure. Here's an idea of how snow sports can help keep you in shape:
 

Activity
Calories burned per hour — adults Weight Calories burned per hour — children Weight
Nordic skiing, slow or light effort
413 130 lbs. 211 70 lbs.
Nordic skiing, slow or light effort
493 155 lbs. 264 90 lbs.
Nordic skiing, slow or light effort
604 190 lbs. 330 110 lbs.
Nordic skiing, moderate effort
472 130 lbs. 242 70 lbs.
Nordic skiing, moderate effort
563 155 lbs. 302 90 lbs.
Nordic skiing, moderate effort
690 190 lbs. 377 110 lbs.
Nordic skiing, 8 mph, racing
826 130 lbs. 423 70 lbs.
Nordic skiing, 8 mph, racing
985 155 lbs. 529 90 lbs.
Nordic skiing, 8 mph, racing
1,208 190 lbs. 661 110 lbs.
Snowshoeing
472 130 lbs. 242 70 lbs.
Snowshoeing
563 155 lbs. 302 90 lbs.
Snowshoeing
690 190 lbs. 378 110 lbs.
Snowboarding - recreational
250-630 110-200 lbs. 200-250 70-110 lbs.
Snowboarding - competitive
700-1,260 110-200 lbs. 560-700 70-110 lbs.
Alpine skiing, light effort
295 130 lbs. 151 70 lbs.
Alpine skiing, light effort
352 155 lbs. 189 90 lbs.
Alpine skiing, light effort
431 190 lbs. 236 110 lbs.
Alpine skiing, moderate effort
354 130 lbs. 181 70 lbs.
Alpine skiing, moderate effort
422 155 lbs. 226 90 lbs.
Alpine skiing, moderate effort
518 190 lbs. 283 110 lbs.
Alpine skiing, vigorous effort
472 130 lbs. 242 70 lbs.
Alpine skiing, vigorous effort
563 155 lbs. 302 90 lbs.
Alpine skiing, vigorous effort 690 190 lbs. 377 110 lbs.

Sources:
Adults, all but snowboarding: www.nutristrategy.com
Adults, snowboarding: Snowboarding by Robert Reichenfeld & Anna Breuchert
Children: calculations are estimates based on consultation with American College of Sports Medicine

 

 

What snow sports burn the most calories?

Snow sports and exercise go hand-in-hand. You'll enjoy snow sports more if you're in shape, but you'll stay in shape by participating.

Which snow sports burn the most calories? Actual calories burned will depend on your weight (heavier people burn more calories per hour), how fast you're moving, whether the terrain is flat or hilly, and other factors. Also, the figures below are for an hour of continuous activity (waiting in a lift line doesn't count). But being active during the winter burns a lot more calories than sitting inside playing video games, that's for sure. Here's an idea of how snow sports can help keep you in shape:
 

Activity
Calories burned per hour — adults Weight Calories burned per hour — children Weight
Nordic skiing, slow or light effort
413 130 lbs. 211 70 lbs.
Nordic skiing, slow or light effort
493 155 lbs. 264 90 lbs.
Nordic skiing, slow or light effort
604 190 lbs. 330 110 lbs.
Nordic skiing, moderate effort
472 130 lbs. 242 70 lbs.
Nordic skiing, moderate effort
563 155 lbs. 302 90 lbs.
Nordic skiing, moderate effort
690 190 lbs. 377 110 lbs.
Nordic skiing, 8 mph, racing
826 130 lbs. 423 70 lbs.
Nordic skiing, 8 mph, racing
985 155 lbs. 529 90 lbs.
Nordic skiing, 8 mph, racing
1,208 190 lbs. 661 110 lbs.
Snowshoeing
472 130 lbs. 242 70 lbs.
Snowshoeing
563 155 lbs. 302 90 lbs.
Snowshoeing
690 190 lbs. 378 110 lbs.
Snowboarding - recreational
250-630 110-200 lbs. 200-250 70-110 lbs.
Snowboarding - competitive
700-1,260 110-200 lbs. 560-700 70-110 lbs.
Alpine skiing, light effort
295 130 lbs. 151 70 lbs.
Alpine skiing, light effort
352 155 lbs. 189 90 lbs.
Alpine skiing, light effort
431 190 lbs. 236 110 lbs.
Alpine skiing, moderate effort
354 130 lbs. 181 70 lbs.
Alpine skiing, moderate effort
422 155 lbs. 226 90 lbs.
Alpine skiing, moderate effort
518 190 lbs. 283 110 lbs.
Alpine skiing, vigorous effort
472 130 lbs. 242 70 lbs.
Alpine skiing, vigorous effort
563 155 lbs. 302 90 lbs.
Alpine skiing, vigorous effort 690 190 lbs. 377 110 lbs.

Sources:
Adults, all but snowboarding: www.nutristrategy.com
Adults, snowboarding: Snowboarding by Robert Reichenfeld & Anna Breuchert
Children: calculations are estimates based on consultation with American College of Sports Medicine