The International Report on Snow and Mountain Tourism has released its figures for their 2014 annual survey. The purpose of this survey was to help delineate the current most popular ski resorts in the world.
This report is put together by the Swiss independent tourism consultant, Laurent Vanat. Information was compiled from snowsports around the world, and the data was then used for a number of different reasons and sources, including this 6th edition of their annual survey.
It is important when viewing this survey, as with any raw data collection, to take all reports ‘with a grain of salt’, as 100% correct statistical data is nearly impossible to come by. Additionally, in some situations, it is debatable as to when one resort ends and another starts (particularly in the European ski areas that are linked together), potentially causing some discrepancy.
Despite these cautions, the report is well-respected and the data is accurate, leaving us to view some interesting figures that illustrate some new trends. One of the fascinating facts that were unveiled was that, in the following list of ‘most popular ski resorts’, 56 countries are covered, representing 99.6% of the total market volume.
So, without further ado, here is the list of the top 10 most popular ski resorts in the world currently, listed from last to first:
10. Breckenridge 9. Vail 8. Val Thorens 7. Courchevel, Meribel, Mottaret 6. Whistler Blackcomb 5. Ischgl/Sammnaun/Silvretta 4. Les Arcs 3. Ski Welt Wilder Kaiser 2. Saalbach Hinterglemm/Leogang 1. La Plagne – La Plagne has, for two years in a row, landed in the #1 spot on our most popular list, with a whopping annual 2.5 million skier visits!