Winter Sports - Statistics & Facts

Winter sports are recreational sporting activities performed on snow or ice. These include both individual as well as team sports such as ice hockey, figure skating, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, speed skating, Alpine skiing, bobsledding and snowmobiling. The main international winter sport event is the Winter Olympic Games.

In the U.S., skiing and snowboarding are among the most popular winter sports. In 2016, the number of skiers in the U.S. amounted to around 13.9 million and the number of snowboarders in that year was at about 7.6 million. During the 2016/17 ski season there were 463 ski resorts in operation in the U.S. with an estimated number of 54.7 million visitors during the 2016/17 season. The state of New York has the highest number of operating ski areas in the U.S.—48 as of the 2016/16 season. During the 2015/16 season, the total retail sales for snow sports products in the U.S. stood at around 4.69 billion U.S. dollars with alpine equipment generating the most in sales for that period.

Ice hockey is one of the most popular winter sports in North America, particularly in Canada and in some northern states of the U.S. In 2016, wholesale sales of ice hockey equipment reached over 250 million U.S. dollars. In 2016, there were around 2.6 million ice hockey participants in the U.S. and about 556 thousand of these participants were officially registered ice hockey players. The National Hockey League (NHL) comprising of teams from both the United States and Canada, is the biggest professional hockey league in the world, with its total league revenue amounting to around 4.1 billion U.S. dollars in the 2015/16.

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