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Ski & Snowboard Resorts in the US: Market Research Report

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Ski & Snowboard Resorts Market Research Report | NAICS 71392 | Jan 2017

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

The Ski & Snowboard Resorts market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

Report Snapshot
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Spending on ski resorts is discretional, so the industry lost revenue during the recession
  • Large companies have sought to expand their portfolio to raise their profit
  • The industry workforce will change from lower-skilled employees to highly qualified workers
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

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. Over the past five years, 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 will result in revenue growth over the next five years... ... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The Ski and Snowboard Resorts industry is in the mature stage of its life cycle. Industry value added, which measures this industry's contribution to the economy, is forecast to increase at an annualized rate of 1.4% in the 10 years to 2021. Over the same period, gross domestic product (GDP) is anticipated to grow an annualized 2.0%. This growth disparity suggests that ski and snowboard resorts' importance has remained relatively steady. Therefore, the industry exhibits all other characteristics of a mature industry.

As competition intensifies, players such as Vail, which operate multiple ski resorts, will offer multi-resort lift passes to achieve higher profit margins through economies of scale. Sma.. ... 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... purchase to read more


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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 facilitiesFood and beveragesSki schoolsEquipment rentalMerchandise
    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
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    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 squeeze
  • 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
  • Products & Markets
    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
  • Competitive Landscape
    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
    Major Companies
    Vail Resorts Inc.
    Intrawest Corporation
    Boyne Resorts
    POWDR Corporation
  • Table: Vail Resorts Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Intrawest Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Boyne Resorts - financial performance
  • Table: POWDR Corporation - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Inbound trips by non-US residents (2007-2021)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
    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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    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Ski & Snowboard Resorts market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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