Updated: August 26, 2011

We got the scoop on how these winter sports can get your body fabulously fit.

Downhill Skiing

Calorie Burn*: 418 per hour

Fitness Factor: Skiing downhill is not only excellent aerobic exercise, it also builds stamina while strengthening your buttocks, quadriceps, hamstrings, calves and core.

Snowboarding

Calorie Burn: 330 per hour

Fitness Factor A terrific total-body toner, snowboarding works your core, hamstrings, quads and calves as well as the muscles in your ankles and feet as you twist to steer your board downhill.

Snowshoeing

Calorie Burn: 557 per hour

Fitness Factor Trekking along winter paths in snowshoes, which distribute your weight evenly over the snow so you don't sink through, works the buttocks, hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, core and abs – offering a more intense workout and calorie burn than you'd get on most warm-weather hikes.

Cross-country skiing

Calorie Burn: 557 per hour

Fitness Factor One of the best winter cross-training activities for runners and cyclists, cross-country (or Nordic) skiing is easy to learn and an excellent cardiovascular activity. It tones the buttocks, quads, hamstrings, calves, chest, lats, shoulders, biceps, triceps and abs.

*Calorie burn estimates are per hour based on a 145-pound woman.

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