Europe: number of people who ski as of 2018, by country

In 2018, Germany was the European country with the highest number of skiing participants, with 14.6 million Germans taking part in the sport. When considering the total population, the share of people who ski in European countries was the highest in Liechtenstein and Austria as of 2019, with 36 percent of the population in either country, which comes to a much higher number in Austria due to population size.

The UK: A tradition of snowsport

Established in 1903 and with over 28,000 members on the books, The Ski Club is the largest and oldest snowsports membership organisation in the UK. The turnover of the organization has grown in the past several years, reaching nearly six million British pounds in 2018. In the same year, it registered gross profit of approximately 1.1 million British pounds.

Off piste Freshtracks holidays were most popular among skiers.

In 2018, a total of 1,365 skiers chose off piste Freshtrack holidays from Ski Club Great Britain. Weekend ski holidays were chosen by 267 skiers members of the organization. Out of all the different skiing activities, snowboarding is also done by 21 percent of skiers in the United Kingdom (UK).

Number of people who ski in Europe as of 2018, by country

Number of skiers in thousands
Germany14,607
France8,574
United Kingdom6,340
Poland4,990
Italy4,919
Russia4,275
Austria2,960
Switzerland2,959
Spain2,369
Czech Republic2,236
Sweden1,824
Finland1,264
Belgium1,253
Norway1,181
Ukraine1,114
Slovakia988
Turkey807
Denmark667
Romania654
Hungary547
Bulgaria349
Slovenia299
Kazakhstan266
Latvia218
Serbia217
Portugal216
Greece215
Bosnia and Herzegovina194
Belarus193
Lithuania176
Macedonia157
Georgia114
Croatia90
Azerbaijan72
Iceland63
Estonia63
Armenia59
Albania30
Andorra17
Liechtenstein14
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Source

Release date

April 2018

Region

Europe

Survey time period

April 2018

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