Here’s your winter calorie counter as Crystal Ski Holidays finds the best ways to burn the calories when out in the mountains.





Do you like knowing the numbers – i.e calories – of what you consume?

And how much you’ve burned in a day, or when you’re active?

Often, we perhaps overestimate quite how much we might burn off when skiing or snowboarding on a winter holiday.

Especially with all the hearty mountain food we put in, with the odd schnapps or two…

Then again, it is a holiday.

“Calories Don’t Exist on the Mountains” Crystal Ski Holidays claims.

Taking a trip to the Alps each year, or taking up a new winter sport, can be one of the best ways to feel healthy again after the party season.

Plus, it’s fun.

Hitting the slopes isn’t all about boozy nights, snow and raclette.

In fact, you can burn around 588 calories per hour whilst skiing, which is 51 calories more than running on a treadmill (on average).

Crystal Ski has done some maths and come up with the stats on which winter sports work you and burn the most calories when out in the cold mountains.

Ski off the winter extras

Ski off the winter extras














On average, a full day of skiing (let’s say 5 hours) burns around 2,940 calories.

That’s 940 calories over women’s recommended daily intake and 440 over men’s.

Speed skating tops the list for winter fitness activities.

It apparently burns over 1,200 calories per hour for men, and 1,035 for women.

So, an hour of speed skating can burn off more than an entire McDonald’s Big Mac Meal.

(including medium fries and medium sized Classic Coca Cola drink) = 1,015 calories.

Crystal Ski

Crystal Ski










What Could You Burn?

The average person burns around 240 – 355 calories in the gym in 30 minutes.

Do winter sports let you burn more, and if so, which?

More importantly, which winter sport lets you burn the most calories whilst having the most fun?

Here are the top three calorie burners:

Speed Skating – as we mentioned above – comes in at #1

Cross Country Skiing – #2

A popular pastime for many who enjoy the winter sun, cross country skiing is both fun and challenging and can burn around 756 calories per hour.

Working a number of muscles to travel over the snowy terrain, men could burn off in an hour:

  • Over two portions of tartiflette
  • Around five pints of beer
  • Nearly four glasses of mulled wine

Women burn around 621 calories, meaning they can burn:

  • Around two portions of fondue (200g)
  • Over four pints of beer
  • Four glasses of mulled wine
Crystal Ski calorie count

Crystal Ski calorie count










Ice Hockey – #3

This one isn’t for the faint hearted, as it’s an incredibly fast-paced game.

Ice Hockey can burn around 672 calories an hour for men and around 552 calories for women.

This equates to around two portions of raclette or fondue and around four beers or three glasses of mulled wine.

Whilst the amount of calories burned are a lot less compared to speed skating, ice hockey is a great sport to learn or play with a group of friends.

Crystal Ski calorie count

Crystal Ski calorie count









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.

“Whilst 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.”

Crystal Ski

Crystal Ski














We’ll be downloading the app on our next ski trip.

For more information on the Earn Your Après tool, visit Crystal Ski Holidays.

It offers up much more than a calorie count, too.

It can tell you which muscles you’ll work when you enter your sport.

We picked snowboarding below:

Snowboarding muscles on the Earn your Apres app

Snowboarding muscles worked on the Earn your Apres app
















Try it out, it’s interesting to see if you are doing what you think you are.

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