Count the ski calories with Crystal

28th November 2018, by Abi Butcher

According to Crystal Ski Holidays, skiing burns 588 calories per hour

According to Crystal Ski Holidays, skiing burns 588 calories per hour

Have you got any idea how many calories you burn up daily on a snowsports holiday in the mountains? If, like most of us, you’ve no idea how many calories different winter sports burn up, Crystal Ski Holidays has come up with a handy counter — which throws up some surprising results. 

The new tool called “Earn Your Après” helps skiers and snowboarders — as well as ice-skaters and ice hockey players — work out how many calories they burn an hour doing their winter fitness activities.

Speed skating tops the list, with more than 1,200 calories burned per hour — but if you’re unlikely to spend an hour on the rink in a cat suit skating at top speed, perhaps of more interest might be that the average full day (five hours) out skiing in the mountains burns around 2,940 calories. That equates to 588 calories per hour, which is 51 more calories than running on a treadmill — and if it’s cold, your metabolism will be running at a higher speed than usual.

If you’re a snowboarder, you’ll burn 521 calories an hour, and cross-country skiing weighs in at a whopping 756 calories per hour, working a huge number of muscles. Crystal Ski Holidays says just an hour of cross-country skiing would allow men to burn over more than two portions of tartiflette, five pints of beer or nearly four glasses of mulled wine.

Have a go on a bobsleigh before you hit the après-ski bar and you’ll apparently burn 588 calories in an hour.

Chris Logan, managing director of Crystal Ski Holidays comments: “We tend to eat more during the winter periods, with changes in temperature and fewer daylight hours we crave carbs and sweet treats that put us in a good mood.

“While analysing the data for our Earn Your Après tool, we noticed not only do a number of winter sports burn a considerable amount of calories, but they’re also a great way to work various muscles - all whilst having fun. Many may think of skiing holidays as luxury chalets, indulgent food and lots of alcohol, but skiing is, in fact, a great way to keep active and healthy with your family or friends.”

For more information on the Earn Your Après tool, visit

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