According to ABTA, over 12 million UK residents take a winter holiday – of which 18% is a skiing or snowboarding holiday, which is up 8% in the past 3 years. These winter holidays account for 1 third of the yearly travel industry in the UK. Here are a few key facts about this industry;
- Global winter snow resorts generate an annual revenue of $3billion – This has grown by 2.5% since 2009.
- Worldwide ski resorts receive 400 million visitors per year – this dipped to 300 million visitors in the 2006-2007 but has grown again.
- Over 150 million of these visitors are to the Alps alone.
- The most popular ski resort is La Plagne in the French Alps which has received an average of 2.5 million visitors in the last few winter seasons.
- There are around 80 countries around the globe where skiing is a possible activity.
- 70 of these countries offer outdoor ski areas; the others offering real-snow indoor facilities.
- In these 80 countries, there are over 2,000 resorts – 36% of these are based in the Alps.
- Of these 2,000 resorts, there are 47 which are classed as major resorts (generate more than 1 million visitors per winter season).
- 83% of major resorts are located in the Alps (39 resorts).
- Indoor snow centres came about in the 1920’s in Berlin & Vienna and they now generate on average 17.2 million visits per year.
UK Ski & Snowboard Industry
- There are 10 Ski areas within the UK.
- 6 of these are real-snow indoor ski centres.
- The longest running real-snow indoor centre is Tamworth Snowdome which opened in 1993.
- Of the 17.2 million visits that indoor snow centres generate; 1.6 million are generated within in the UK – the third largest to Germany and the Netherlands.
- The outdoor ski resorts generate almost 5 million national visits per year.