How many calories do you burn with Skiing?

Someone weighing 180 lbs burns approximately 411 kilocalories per hour with Skiing. Fill in the form below and calculate how many calories you burn with Skiing or use our Calorie Calculator for other activities.

Skiing Calorie Calculator

Burned calories (KCAL)
with Skiing


A cold winter doesn’t mean you have to give up your outdoor activity or fitness routine. Spending time in nature going down a skislope, whith the feel of fresh air hitting your lungs is a great feeling. Because of this, skiing is not only an enjoyable workout, it is also a pleasure for the mind.

Skiing is a great way to burn some calories. You literally spend your whole day moving around and using every inch of your body (most of the day in a squat position!). Even the heavy boots helps to make it a good workout. When walking around with your skis, you will burn heaps more compare to normal walking.

With skiing you can burn about 300 to 600 calories per hour. This time doesn’t include waiting in line or sitting in the lift to go uphill. On average half the time you spend skiing will be downhill. So if you ski for six hours on a day, you have to calculate your burned calories with three hours of skiing.

Skiing can be very intense, without noticing. The nature around you and the concentration it requires to go down the slope will keep your mind busy, not noticing your legs burning. The next day you will feel it …..

Calories burned with Winter activities (weight: 180 lbs)

MET 15 min. 30 min. 45 min. 60 min.
Biathlon 13.5 289 579 868 1157
Cross-country skiing 5.9 126 253 379 506
Cross-country skiing, >8 mph 15.5 332 664 997 1329
Ice Hockey 8 171 343 514 686
Ice dancing 14 300 600 900 1200
Ice skating 7 150 300 450 600
Skiing 4.8 103 206 309 411
Sledding 4.4 94 189 283 377
Snow shoeing 5.3 114 227 341 454
Snow shoveling by hand 5.3 114 227 341 454
Snowboarding 5.3 114 227 341 454
Speed skating 13.3 285 570 855 1140

How do we calculate the amount of calories burned with Skiing?

This calculation uses the MET value (Metabolic Equivalent of Task) of Skiing. The MET value of Skiing = 4.8. We multiply the MET value with the person\'s body weight in kilogram. Then we multiply this with 0.0175 and the duration in minutes.

A person weighs: 180 lbs
MET value of Skiing: 4.8
Time: 30 minutes
The calorie calculation for Skiing for 30 minutes is as follows:

(180/2.20462) * 4.8 * 0.0175 * 30 minutes = 206

30 minutes of Skiing burns 206 kcal.