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How many calories do you burn on a chair lift?

post #1 of 13
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Just wondering when it's cold out how many calories you can burn just sittin ?
post #2 of 13
Why just sit? Lift that bar up, down, up, down, up, down....
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by viking kaj View Post
Just wondering when it's cold out how many calories you can burn just sittin ?
Not nearly as many as you can consume in the lodge...
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Well I read this thing about a guy who was skiing across Antarctica who ate a couple of sticks of butter a day and still lost weight.

When its really cold out you have to burn some calories to stay warm. Today it was 10 degrees with a wind chill of minus 15. Even without the skiing that had to be burning fuel.
post #5 of 13
is that with, or without, bashing the heads of your fellow chairlifters???
post #6 of 13
Too many, way too many. I've got to eat like 10000 calories a day during ski season to keep my weight up to where I want it for powerlifting.
post #7 of 13
Sort of related. I've always been curious about how many cals I burn during a typical day of riding...

So, this year I wear a heart rate monitor which also provides calories burned throughout a specified time frame. I've calibrated this setting from other activities (mtbing, weight lifting, running, and resting) and physical stats, so it is now fairly acurate. On average I burn 600-800 calories/hour when exerting between 170 - 185 BPM on a run (I check at the bottom), and only stop for the lift ride (3-8 min). So, a good 4 hour day of lift service can burn up about 2500 cals.

In the back/side country (skinning/hiking for the turn), the number is closer to 900-1100 calories/hour, as the avg hiking bpm can get around 165. I burned close to 4000 cals in 6 hours of riding the other day which included hiking terrain and lift serviced.

One other interesting observation I've found is that my heart rate can get upwards of 180+ on snowboarding, and I cannot achieve that rate in any other form of exercise (mtbing, weight training, running, arguing w/wife, etc...)
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Originally Posted by UtahPowderPig View Post
Too many, way too many. I've got to eat like 10000 calories a day during ski season to keep my weight up to where I want it for powerlifting.

That's why I dumped a bunch of muscle mass, I got so ******* tired of how much I had to eat. Now I'm just fat because I didn't cut enough food out.
post #9 of 13
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Why just sit? Lift that bar up, down, up, down, up, down....
It's even better if somebody on the chair is fighting you...down, up, down, up, down, up...a great workout for two. If a few heads are also getting in the way, even better.

Although I suspect that, even at my size, UPP would just be moving me up and down along with the bar if we tried that workout together.

I was doing some XC skiing on a nearby lake the other day and my companion stopped to talk about the land trails we could get back onto. It wasn't especially cold but quite windy on the open lake, and I was dressed lightly because I knew I'd be working hard. As we talked more and more, I could feel my heart starting to just absolutely pound as I became chilled, I assume from desperately trying to keep my body warm...I felt like I was working harder just standing there than I was when actually skiing. It was a relief to get moving again.
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I was doing some XC skiing on a nearby lake the other day and my companion stopped to talk about the land trails we could get back onto. It wasn't especially cold but quite windy on the open lake, and I was dressed lightly because I knew I'd be working hard. As we talked more and more, I could feel my heart starting to just absolutely pound as I became chilled, I assume from desperately trying to keep my body warm...I felt like I was working harder just standing there than I was when actually skiing. It was a relief to get moving again.

Sounds like you might have had some dehydration there too, brah.
post #11 of 13
yeah, you burn 200-300 calories per hour just sitting on a chairlift.

luckily i always burn more becuase i like to excercise my pc muscle on the ride up. thats the muscle that helps guys maintain their mountain.
try telling someone youre doing that and explaining it who's being a jerk on the lift sometime. i bet theyre quiet for the rest of the ride and sping off the lift at the top.
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
Sounds like you might have had some dehydration there too, brah.
Quite possible...we usually don't take breaks that are long enough to grab a drink (lunchtime ski).
You think that would have caused more of a reaction to the cold than to being active?
post #13 of 13
That's my notion.

300-500mls of water and a gummi bear then ski back would have been my call.
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