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Calories Burnt on the Snow

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Calories Burnt on the Snow

 Poster: A snowHead
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There is almost exactly the same thread on a bike forum about how many calories we use DH mountain biking in a day around Morzine. Most peoples estimates are way off the mark and really overestimate how many they are using. As a starter you need to work out your own calorie usage. ( livestrong.com have some useful tools for this) Im 6 feet tall 12stone 9 and need about 2200 calories just to maintain my weight on a pretty sedentary day .HR monitors are pretty useless to determine calorie usage and the only sure fire way is to measure power. This is going to be very difficult on skis however from my experieince of using power metres on bikes for intense hour periods and equating that to skiing I would say a good competent red run cruiser pushing hard into their carves ( of similmar build to me ) would struggle to burn more than 200 calories an hour. a beginner side stepping and moving around would possibly nearer 275-300.
so go easy on the mutzig !
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Power meters measure power produced but if the engine and gears (heart & muscles) are less efficient it's going to burn more fuel. Skiers with good technique / balance burn less than the less skilled too. 200 cals an hour does sound more realistic though.
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A quick google found this ....

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Question: How Accurate are the Calorie Counts on Treadmills?
I like to track my calories burned while running. Can I rely on the calorie counts on the treadmill at my gym?

Answer: If you enter your weight before you start your treadmill run, the calories burned count is really just a rough estimate and will never be completely accurate. Cardio machines such as treadmills use standard formulas to figure out the amount of calories burned. But the calculations don't take into account important factors other than weight, such as body fat percentage and fitness level.
For example, if a 160-pound woman with 35% body fat and a 160-pound woman with 20% body fat are both running at a 10:00/mile pace, the treadmill will display the same amount of calories burned. However, the woman with the lower body fat and more muscle mass is actually burning more calories.

Treadmills also don't take your form and running efficiency into account. New runners will usually burn more calories than more experienced runners running the same pace and distance. Why? The beginner's inefficient side to side movement and bouncing up and down expends more energy than the experienced runner's efficient stride.

Some reports suggest that treadmills and other cardio machines actually overestimate calories burned by up to 15% to 20%. So it's important that you take the calories burned readings with a grain of salt. It's fine to use the numbers as a benchmark for your runs, but don't plan on consuming additional calories based on that number. That's an easy way to start gaining weight, despite your exercise efforts. If you really want to get a better idea of how many calories you're burning during your runs, try using a heart rate monitor. They're usually more accurate than cardio machines.


http://running.about.com/od/treadmillrunning/f/treadmillcaloriecounter.htm
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I know the gym machines aren't great for accuracy, but when I go there I always warm up for 15 mins at a fairly low level, with increasing resistance every five minutes. It's enough just to get a sweat starting and burns about 180 cals, which would translate to 720 an hour. That is a fairly easy/steady regime.

If I really give it some for an hour - pools of sweat on floor etc. - I can only increase that to about 900 cals per hour.

As such I'd say a few hours off piste could well keep up to 600 an hour.
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I usually put on 7lb during a skiing holiday. I drink every day as opposed to only at the weekends, I eat a full meal for lunch and dinner and have cake and snacks. I deny myself nothing. If I wasn't skiing I'd probably put on about 12lb if I ate & drnak that much - does that mean I lose 5lb when skiing? Laughing
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I'm pretty sure that a dietician & sports nutritionist who lectured on a BASI common theory course said that the average recreational skier will burn around an extra 800 calories per day whilst skiing. Obviously this depends on metabolism, level of activity, duration of activity, temperature (air and wind chill), fitness of the individual etc etc.
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I discovered in Whistler that the temperature definitely makes a difference. I lost no weight when I skied in December, despite being quite energetic on a course and not being particularly greedy. But in Whistler, where it was absolutely arctic and despite having to stop frequently for hot chocolates to warm up, eating and drinking quite a lot generally, and not pushing myself much on skis, I still lost a couple of pounds.
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Hurtle, maybe these calorie calculators need a new entry - skiing whilst shivering. Did you have any chocolate elephants when you were in Whistler?
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geetee, no, didn't discover chocolate elephants. Sounds like it's just as well - had I done so, those few pounds might not have been lost!
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A 6'5" 20 stone man will burn almost twice as many calories than a 5'2" 8 stone woman, even when they are both doing exactly the same thing (e.g sleeping)

So saying X activity burns Y amount of calories per hour is meaningless without knowing one's basic metabolic rate, which is dependent on things such as weight, height, age and gender. So the well built young man may indeed be able to burn 600 calories per hour whilst skiing, but the svelte lass will almost certainly not.
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