Calories burned skiing calculator

Calories burned skiing calculator

Skiing time
Type of ActivityMETCalories Burned
Downhill, alpine or snowboarding light effort (active time only)4.3308
Downhill, alpine or snowboarding, moderate effort, general (active time only)5.3<379/td>
Snow shoeing, moderate effort5.3379
Cross country, 2.5 mph, slow or light effort6.8487
Skiing, general7501
Ski jumping (climb up carrying skis)7501
Sledding, tobaggagining, bobsleding, luge7501
Downhill, vigorous effort, racing8573
Cross country, 4.0 - 4.9 mph, moderate speed and effort9644
Snow shoeing, vigorous effort10716
Cross country, 5.0 - 7.9 mph, brisk speed, vigorous effort12.5895
Skiing, roller, elite racers12.5895
Cross country, skating13.3952
Cross country, biatholon, skating technique13.5966
Cross country, > 8.0 mph, elite skier, racing151074
Cross country, hard snow, uphill, maximum, snow mountaineering15.51110

How are calories burned skiing calculated?

The total number of calories burned for any task is calculated by first finding the calorie burn per minute - this is done by multiplying the MET value of the task by the person's body weight in kg and 3.5, then dividing that number by 200.

Calorie burn per minute is then multiplied by the amount of time that the task is performed to find the total calories burned from the activity.


A person weighs 160 pounds and cross country skis at 4 mph (a task that has a MET value of 9) for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
How many calories have they burned in this time?
160 pounds = 72.73kg
1 hour and 20 minutes = 80 minutes
Calories Burned from Calisthenics (per minute) = (9 x 72.73 x 3.5) / 200
Calories Burned from Calisthenics (per minute) = 11.4550
Calories Burned from Calisthenics (for 80 minutes) = 11.4550 x 80
Calories Burned from Calisthenics (for 80 minutes) = 916

What is Metabolic Equivalent of Task (MET)?

A metabolic equivalent (MET) value is a measurement of the energy cost of a specific physical activity for a specific period of time.

A MET of 1 would be roughly equivalent to a person's energy expenditure from sitting still in a temperature neutral (room temperature) room and not actively digesting food.

An activity with a MET of 2 would have a person using about twice the amount of energy that they would be using in a task with a MET of 1 over the same amount of time, while an activity with a MET of 10 would have a person using about 10 times the amount of energy that they would be using with a MET of 1 over the same amount of time.

It should be noted that the MET approach was designed to build a classification system of different activities for research purposes - MET values "do not estimate the energy cost of physical activity in individuals in ways that account for differences in body mass, adiposity, age, sex, efficiency of movement, geographic and environmental conditions in which the activities are performed. Thus, individual differences in energy expenditure for the same activity can be large and the true energy cost for an individual may or may not be close to the stated mean MET level as presented in the Compendium." (as quoted from the main page of the Compendium of Physical Activities)

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