While the calendar may indicate spring arrived weeks ago, the temperature outside in many parts of the country suggests winter activities are still thriving. Those wishing to continue hitting the slopes while it’s still cold got some good news out of the west coast last week.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski resort registered a record-breaking 300 inches of snow in the month of February, according to a report from The Sacramento Bee. With such massive amounts of fresh powder still settling in Lake Tahoe, there is time for at least one more trip to the mountains before resort hibernation begins, if not two or three.

After all, plenty of high-intensity workouts happen outside the gym. Moreover, staying active can and should be fun. As it pertains to skiing and snowboarding, the views are unparalleled.

Those who prefer not to go to the gym or dislike running and team sports need not feel exercise is beyond reach. Plenty of other options remain and no compromise in quality has to be made. Bridget Coila, a writer for Livestrong specializing in health and nutrition, explained some of the specifics behind skiing benefits in a web article, writing:

A person who weighs 155 pounds burns 223 calories in half an hour of downhill skiing, according to Harvard Medical School. Someone who is 185 pounds burns 266 calories in 30 minutes of downhill skiing….

Downhill skiing incorporates both aerobic and anaerobic activity, research published in the journal “Sports Medicine” explains. It not only burns lots of calories, but also improves strength, flexibility, balance, endurance and agility. However, there is a high risk of injury in downhill skiing; pregnant women or people with underlying health conditions contraindicating intense exercise, such as heart disease, should avoid it. …

Cross-country skiing is another type of skiing that burns even more calories than downhill skiing. The calorie burn during 30 minutes of cross-country skiing is 298 calories for a 155-pound person, notes Harvard Medical School. Other winter activities that provide a high level of calorie burn include snowshoeing and ice skating.

Of course, in just a few months summer will be taking off and beach season begets surfing, swimming, wakeboarding, and dozens of other great ways to enjoy the outdoors while working up a sweat.

To read Coila’s full writeup click here.

To read the Bee’s David Caraccio’s full writeup for the Sacarmento Bee, click here.