Skiing Statistics

The Ultimate List of Skiing Statistics (2024)

Last Updated on January 7, 2024 by James

Keeping up with the latest skiing statistics gives you an idea of where the sport is heading.

That’s why we’ve collected a plethora of stats that cover destinations, snow quality, industry trends, injury numbers and more.

You will have a much better picture of the industry after reading these statistics. Prepare to be fascinated!

Ski Injury Statistics

Ski injuries are less common than you think. Famous severe injuries have coloured the public’s impression of skiing.

It has been labelled as a dangerous sport. And that can be true. But in reality, injuries are rare.

I have been teaching skiing for 11 years. Only 1 of my students suffered an injury during that time.

I personally have been skiing for 25 years and have only sustained 2 injuries.

But that doesn’t mean you should ignore safety rules! Read below to see the most common types of ski injury.

  • The injury rate for skiing is 0.44 injuries per 1,000 skier days (Pubmed, 2023).
  • The injury rate for professional alpine skiing athletes is 3.49 injuries per 1,000 training days (Science Direct, 2022).
  • 600,000 ski injuries happen in the United States per year (Various Sources, 2023).
  • 54.1% of ski instructors sustain an injury during the ski season (Review Article, 2021)
  • Knee injuries are the most common type of ski injury (30.2%). This is followed by shoulder (12.9%), lower leg (9.5%) and head (9.5%) (Cambridge University, 2022).
  • The most common type of skiing knee injuries are ligamentous sprains involving the ACL or MCL ligament (American Orthopedic Society, 2018)
  • The fatality rate for skiing is 0.7 deaths per 1,000,000 skier days (MDPI Research, 2022).
  • 0.01% of ski injuries are life-threatening (Pubmed, 2012).
  • The average age of all skiers injured is 30.3% (American Orthopedic Society, 2018).
  • Injuries are more common in male skiers (53.9%) than female skiers (46.1%) (American Orthopedic Society, 2018).
  • Knee ligament injuries are most commonly caused by falling forwards and catching the inside edge of the ski on the snow, causing the knee to rotate (32.9%) (Pubmed, 2018).
Skiing Injury Statistics

Skiing Popularity Statistics

Skiing has seen a dramatic increase in popularity over the last century. The convenience of travel. continues to make skiing accessible to more people than ever before.

Developing nations such as China and India have added to the global ski popularity statistics. And the emergence of artificial slopes has made skiing possible for people living in hot climates.

We predict that more skiers will hit the slopes than ever before in the coming years. And the statistics below back up our prediction.

  • The United States averages 55.5 million skier visits per ski season. This is the highest in the world (Laurent Vanat, 2022).
  • Heavenly (USA) is the most frequently searched ski resort in the world (accounting for 2.34% of searches) (Ridestore Magazine, 2022).
  • La Plagne (France) is the most visited ski resort in the world (2.5 million visitors per year) (Various Sources, 2023).
  • 14.81% of people worldwide participate in skiing (Various Sources, 2023).
  • 24% of the world’s skiers come from Western Europe (Statista, 2021).
  • 55 million people go skiing each year (Various Sources, 2023).
  • 10% of the US population participates in winter sports each year (Gitnux, 2019).
Skiing Popularity Statistics

Skiing Demographics Statistics

The average age of ski holidaymakers continues to increase. This aligns with the rising lift ticket prices across Europe and North America.

The sport is accessible to those with financial means. And they tend to be older.

The sport continues to be slightly male-dominated. Especially when it comes to instructors.

Hopefully we see a change to these demographics in the coming years. But I doubt it will happen.

  • 54% of skiers are male (Statista,2018).
  • Male skiers account for 59% of total skier days per season (Statista, 2019).
  • 70% of ski instructor course participants are male (Winter Sports Company, 2023).
  • The most popular age for ski holidaymakers is 50-59 (30%) (Statista, 2018).
  • More than 80% of ski deaths in Colorado happen to males (Unofficial Networks, 2022).
  • The average (median) age of skiers is 35 years old (Statista, 2022).
Skiing Women

Ski Resort Statistics

Countries like China have swayed the ski industry. Building a massive amount of indoor and outdoor slopes.

Some countries, such as Japan, have seen a shrinking skiing economy. With many resorts closing as a result.

We also see a rise in artificial snow making. And many resorts have been impacted by climate change. This is a trend that is due to continue.

  • 37% of the world’s real-snow indoor ski slopes are located in China (Ski Resort Info, 2023).
  • The best value-for-money ski resort in the world is Borovets (Bulgaria), where it costs on average $636 per person for a one-week ski holiday (Post Office, 2023).
  • China has the most ski resorts in the world. It currently has 804 operating resorts (Xinhua, 2022).
  • New York is home to the most ski resorts in the US (10.6%) (Statista, 2021).
  • Germany is home to 498 ski resorts, which is the most in Europe (Statista, 2021).
  • The 22km (13.7 miles) red slope joining Klein Matterhorn to Valtournenche in Zermatt (Switzerland) is the longest ski slope in the world (Ski Resort Info, 2023).
  • The ski resort industry had an annual growth rate of 3.7% from 2018-2023 (Gitnux, 2023).
  • US ski resorts employ 80,135 people (Ibis World, 2023).
  • 87% of ski resorts use advanced snowmaking technology (Forbes, 2022).
Ski Resort Statistics

Ski Industry Statistics

The ski industry continues to grow. Developing ski nations in Asia will significantly add to the equipment and ski travel market in the coming decades.

The landscape of skiing is changing. But the growth continues

The bounce back from the pandemic was rapid. And records will continue to be broken for years to come.

This industry is not stopping any time soon.

  • The ski gear and equipment market is predicted to grow 3.2% from 2022-2032 (Various Sources, 2023).
  • US ski resort employment grew 2.5% from 2022-2023 (Ibis World, 2023).
  • Sales of ski, bindings and boots increased 7.5% from 2021-2022 (FESI, 2022).
  • The ski industry is predicted to be worth $8.287 billion by 2028 (Rentle, 2023).
  • The number of Chinese people participating in skiing is set to surpass 50 million by the year 2025 (Capital Mind, 2023).
  • Ski resorts under 2,000m (6,600ft) are predicted to increase their water intake by 79% by the year 2100. This is due to increased artificial snowmaking to replace snow lost by climate change (University of Basel, 2023).
Ski Equipment

Final Thoughts

Here are some of the ski industry trends we can see based on the current statistics:

  • The ski industry as a whole will continue to grow in the coming years
  • Ski injuries are less prevalent than people think
  • Skiing is a predominantly male sport
  • Climate change continues to increase artificial snowmaking
  • Developing nations are building indoor and outdoor ski slopes at a rapid rate
  • The average age of people participating in skiing is increasing

The industry continues to grow. But will also change significantly in the coming decades.

Climate change and the economic development of certain nations will change the landscape of skiing.

My wish is that we can keep lift ticket prices at a level affordable to the younger generation of skiers. And promote equality of gender for ski instructors.

Let’s see if we can make that happen.