Some good news in the ski industry, finally! Both the numbers of skiers and snowboarders was up in 2014/15 by 4%. This is huge. Especially considering how bad the snow season was in 2014/15 in much of North America.
This is also great news because hopefully this will keep the ski and snowboard industries alive and well right down to your favorite ski/snowboard shop in your local town.
Park skier participation was up 10% to 4.5 million park riding crazies. Nice!
Snowshoer numbers were even up in 2014/15.
“The preliminary results of the 2014/2015 Participant Survey are in! The preliminary data shows increases in every snow sports discipline except for a small decrease in cross country skiing. There was a 4% increase in the number of snowboarders this season. The number of downhill skiers who identified themselves as “freeskiers” who say they primarily ski in the park and pipe and on natural and manmade features increased by 10% to 4.5M. The number of downhill skiers who identified themselves as alpine skiers also increased by 4% overall. Even snowshoe numbers were up.” – SIA