Slippery slope: Economic recovery will boost demand, while climate change strains operations

Ski and snowboard resorts experienced moderate growth over the past five years, despite volatile precipitation rates. Families and individuals have been less aversive to increasing their winter vacation budgets due to consistent rises in per capita disposable income. During the five-year period, resorts offered more deals for season packages to encourage visitors, even as they invested in more snowmaking equipment and faster lifts, to boost future revenue. The Ski and Snowboard Resorts industry is highly vulnerable not only to spending patterns, but also to climate change. Improved technology, energy efficiency and demand are expected to result in revenue growth over the next five more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Improved technology, energy efficiency and demand will result in industry revenue growth
  • An increase in inbound trips by non-US residents has helped sustain industry growth
  • Growing wage costs are projected to put downward pressure on industry profit
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    There are significant barriers to entry for new ski areas, due to the limited private lands on which ski areas can built, the difficulty in getting the appropriate governmental approvals to build on public lands, and the significant capital needed to construct the necessary infrastructure. Significant areas of land are leased pursuant to renewable permits or licenses from the US Forest Service. The permits give the US Forest Service the right to review and comment on the location, design and construction of facilities in the permit area. Environmental regulations impose significant restrictions on new development. There is also limited private land within a reasonable geographic distance to roads and infrastructure on which to establish a viable ski area...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry are

  • Effective cost controls
  • Economies of scale
  • Proximity to population centers
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Domestic trips by US residents and Average annual precipitation in the Ski & Snowboard Resorts industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry?

    This industry is composed establishments engaged in operating downhill, cross-country or similar skiing areas, or operating equipment, such as ski lifts and tows. These establishments often provide food and beverage services, equipment rental services and ski instruction services. Four-season resorts without accommodations are also included in this industry, but companies that own and do not operate ski resorts are excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Skiing facilities
  • Food and beverages
  • Ski schools
  • Equipment rental
  • Merchandise
  • Industry Activities
  • Operating alpine skiing facilities without accommodations
  • Operating cross-country skiing facilities without accommodations
  • Operating downhill skiing facilities without accommodations
  • Operating four-season ski resorts without accommodations
  • Ski lift and tow operation
  • Operating ski resorts without accommodations
  • Operating cross-country skiing facilities without accommodations
  • Operating downhill skiing facilities without accommodations
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Domestic trips by US residents
  • Average annual precipitation
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Time spent on leisure and sports
  • Inbound trips by non-US residents

  • Current Performance
  • Industry growth
  • Profit
  • Climate change
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Shifting workforce
  • More business
  • Environmental concerns
  • Table: Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Grocery Wholesaling
  • Heating & Air-Conditioning Contractors
  • Oil & Gas Pipeline Construction
  • Plumbers
  • Sporting Goods Wholesaling
  • Water & Sewer Line Construction

  • Products & Services
  • Skiing facilities
  • Equipment rental
  • Ski schools
  • Food and beverages
  • Merchandise
  • Other
  • Chart: Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Weather
  • Other

  • Major Markets
  • Destination visitors
  • Local visitors
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Rent and utilities
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Ski & Snowboard Resorts

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Vail Resorts Inc.Intrawest CorporationBoyne ResortsPOWDR Corporation
  • Table: Vail Resorts Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Intrawest Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Boyne Resorts - financial performance
  • Table: POWDR Corporation - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Inbound trips by non-US residents (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Destination Skier
  • A skier or snowboarder who travels from interstate or abroad to a ski resort.
  • In-State Skier
  • A skier or snowboarder who lives locally (in-state) and may visit the same ski resort multiple times during the season.
  • Sustainable Slopes
  • An environmental charter that outlines best practices that ski resorts can use to save energy and natural resources, protect wildlife and educate guests on environmental stewardship.
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