Since the recession hit during the 2008/2009 season, alpine skiing (the biggest demographic in skiing) dropped off significantly. Although the numbers indicate that alpine skiing’s popularity has not returned to its pre-recession status, the sport experienced a 12% increase in participation during the last two years.
Whether it’s rails or big booters, freestyle is the fastest growing discipline in skiing. Since 2008/2009, jibbers saw a 39% increase with 12% of that coming in the past two years.
The biggest surprise was the increase in Telemark skiing over the past few years. Since 2008, the sport has increased 44%. However, the amount of knee-droppers on the hill fell 7.6% over the last two years.
Snowboarding has stayed relatively the same since 2008/2009 with this past year sporting a 3.6% increase from the year prior.
Other Winter Sports
Cross-country skiing saw a 3.5% decline from the previous year, while Snowshoeing saw a 7.2% increase.