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Global breakdown of skiers 2020, by region of origin

The statistic displays the distribution of skier visits worldwide as of 2020, by region.


Skiing is a popular activity that utilises skis to glide on the surface of snow for transport purposes, as a recreational activity, or as a competitive winter sport. Various skiing disciplines exist including on-piste and off-piste snowsport. On-piste snowsports, whether for recreation or for sport, are typically practiced in ski resorts, which provide such services as ski lifts, artificial snow making, snow grooming, restaurants, and ski patrol. Off-piste snowsports involve the utilization of unmarked or unpatrolled areas either inside or outside a ski resort's boundaries. In a survey undertaken by the Ski Club of Great Britain, investigating the distribution of ski activities carried out by people on snow sport holidays, on-piste skiing was found to be the most popular discipline with 90 percent of respondents frequently participating; off-piste skiing was found to be the second most popular; especially among younger age groups. On-piste and off-piste snowboarding were found to be the third and fourth most popular activities with 33 percent and 26 percent of respondents indicating participation, respectively.

Popular destinations

As much as 37 percent of worldwide ski resorts are located in the Alps, which stretch across eight European countries. With 43 percent of all skier visits the Alps are the biggest ski destination in the world. The second biggest destination is America, primarily North America, accounting for 21 percent of skier visits worldwide. As much as people from western Europe visit them, also Americans make up the same proportion of visitors.

European Skiers

In 2020 Germany was the European country with the highest number of skiing participants, with approximately 14.6 million Germans skiing. When considering the total population, the share of people who ski in European countries was the highest in Liechtenstein and Austria with 36 percent of population taking part in the sport.

Distribution of skiers worldwide as of 2020, by region of origin

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

April 2020

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