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Snowsports Participation on the Rise

Snowsports Participation on the Rise

[ Thu, 2010-03-25 13:39 ]
Snowsports Graph
The Snowsports Industries America has released details on the number of people participating in winter sports like skiing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. And despite the poor economy, guess what? More people skied in the winter of 2008-2009 than the previous two years. And believe it or not, snowshoeing is on a rocket-like increase.

According to the Snowsports Industries America, more people participated in snowsports in the winter of 2008-2009 than the previous two years. "Despite a very tough economic climate, new participants could be found on slopes, trails and in the terrain parks last season. Participation increased in every snow sports discipline during the 2008-09 season from downhill skiing to snowshoeing," the SIA report states. In 2008-09, a reported 10,919,000 people participated in alpine skiing, up 5.5 percent from the winter of 2007-08.

Snowshoeing saw the highest growth, with a 17 percent rise in participation from 07-08 to last winter. Granted, there's still only 3.4 million who call themselves snowshoers (compared to the 7.4 million who snowboard, for example), but still—that's a lot of people picking up snowshoes for the first time.

Cross-country skiing saw a rise of 8 percent from the previous year, freestyle skiing (thanks to the growing popularity of terrain parks) saw a rise of 8.8 percent, snowboarding saw a rise of 3.7 percent, and telemark skiing saw a rise of 3.3 percent (although telemark skiing still has the least number of participants, a mere 1.4 million).