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Brits Set To Burn 10 Billions Calories On The Slope

Brits Set To Burn 10 Billions Calories On The Slope

Skiing could contribute to the nation shedding almost 200,000 stone in weight over the winter season

As Ditch New Year's Resolutions Day arrives today (17th January), the North’s premier visitor attraction, Chill Factore, has revealed the New Year fitness resolution the nation won’t be dumping.

In a research report of over 1,000 UK skiers and snowboarders*, Chill Factorfound that nearly two thirds (57%) of people lose motivation easily in getting fit, but 80% of people don’t perceive skiing or snowboarding as exercise – just good fun.

One hour of downhill skiing at a moderate effort will burn approximately 408 calories – Chill Factorhas revealed that’s more than many of the nation’s favourite activities, including an hour of sex (300 calories), aerobics (374 calories), basketball (340 calories), badminton (348 calories) and tennis doubles (340 calories)**.

As peak snow sport season is upon us, Chill Factorhas calculated that the approximate 1.2 million*** British holiday makers jetting off to winter sports destinations will burn approximately 9,743,040,000 calories, which equates to nearly 200,000 stone in weight****.undefined

Morwenna Angove, CEO of Chill Factore, explains; “It is no surprise that so many skiers and snowboarders see the sport as fun rather than exercise – what’s better than the exhilaration of speeding down the slopes on fresh white powder with clear blue skies and breath-taking views. But as the New Year fitness frenzy is flooding the nation with thousands of people slogging away on the treadmill, we are encouraging as many people as possible to consider the health benefits of taking up snow sports. After all, losing weight and getting fit doesn’t have to be boring!

“Typically 17th January is the day the nation ditches their fitness resolutions – if you are thinking of doing so, why don’t you swap it for a fitness regime that you won’t tire of and consider hitting the slopes, at home or abroad, and shedding pounds while having fun!”

To make it as easy and accessible as possible for beginners to get into snow sports, Chill Factorhas launched the Guaranteed to Ski / Snowboard campaign running up until 28th February 2017. Home to the longest indoor real snow slope in the UK (180 meters), beginners at Chill Factore can learn to ski/snowboard in just one day for £150. If the participant is not deemed slope ready after their six hours of tuition, Chill Factore instructors will provide an extra hour of free tuition free. Find out more


Source of statistics / calculations:

 *According to Chill Factore’s UK Research Report (January 2017) to a sample of 1,002 skiers and snowboarders

**Based on a 150Ib person at moderate effort, skiing burns approximately 408 calories in an hour. Other sports included via the following sources -  

***According to the Ski Club of Great Britain Consumer Research 2015, the market size is 1.194 million


  • According to the Mayo Clinic, 3,500 calories equals about 1 pound (0.45 kilogram) of fat. You need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in to lose 1 pound
  • According to Trivago Ski Travel Trends 2015-16, UK travellers will stay for an average of five nights. 
  • According to Chill Factore’s UK Research Report (January 2017), the average time spent skiing/snowboarding on holiday is up to 4 hours

 The Formula:

  • One person skis/snowboards for 4 hours x 5 days = 20 hours in total x 1.194 million market = Approximately 23,880,000 hours skied 
  • 23,880,000 hours skied x 408 calories per hour = 9,743,040,000 calories burnt
  • 9,743,040,000 calories % 3,500 calories = 2,783,725lb of fat % 14 pounds in a stone = 198,838 stone.

1/17/2017 4:40:08 PM

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