France most popular country for skiers

1st October 2015, by Abi Butcher

French ski resort Val d'Isere is one of the most popular with Brits

French ski resort Val d'Isere is one of the most popular with Brits

More ski passes were sold in France last season than any other country in the world, according to a statement released by Domaines Skiables de France (DSF) this week.

The DSF represents 200 ski areas in France, and earlier this week reported that 53.9 million individual days of skiing were sold on the country’s slopes over the 2014/15 season, a 2.7 per cent drop from the season before.

But the sales were still enough for France to usurp the US, which sold 53.6 million skier days, 5.2 per cent less than the 2013/14 season.

This is the fourth time that France has edged ahead of the US as the most popular ski country in the world. The previous occasion was 2013.

DSF spokesman Laurent Reynaud said of the results: “There’s hardly any difference between us, but we are still happy because the season was challenging, we had a difficult start in terms of snow, and a strong drop (in visitors) over the spring holidays at the end.”

Reynaud credited France’s large, linked ski areas and competitively priced lift passes for its fortunes.

The third most popular country for skiers was Austria, which 51.8 million skier days over 2014/15, two per cent more than the season before. 


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