As reported here last week, the National Ski Areas Association announced skier visits to U.S. areas totaled more than 59 million for the 2018/19 season, which ranks as the fourth best season since NSAA began recording visitation.
Of particular interest to AASI snowboard instructors, snowboarding’s proportion of total snowsports visits increased slightly, up to 26.2 percent from 25.8 percent in 2017/18. Snowboarding as a percent of visits was up in the Rockies, Pacific Southwest, and Pacific Northwest.
Also, the overall proportion of visits from paid tickets was down to 43.7 percent, while the proportion of visits from season passes rose to a nearly identical 43.2 percent. New this year, results from a category called “Frequency Product visits” show that this product type accounted for five percent of visits nationally. The average number of visits per pass holder grew to 9.9 days this season from 9.5 days last season, an increase of 3.7 percent.
China Opens Asia’s First Cross Country Ski Tunnel
According to the Business Mirror, China has opened Asia’s first year-round cross-country skiing tunnel. The new Beishan All-Weather Cross-Country Ski Resort in northeast China’s Jilin Province features a 1,308-meters indoor ski run (about 4,300 feet) and will enable Chinese athletes to practice cross-country skiing all year round.
Video of Epic Teton Traverse
In other XC news, former PSIA Nordic Team Coach Scotty McGee put on his skate skis and hit the Wyoming backcountry this weekend, completing a classic mountaineering traverse from Teton Pass to Teton Cyn. Watch as he shares the highlights from this 9-plus hour adventure, including whether he should have brought his bear spray!
Can Ski Lessons Make You a Better Investor?
In this story for Australia’s Intelligent Investor, former Whistler, B.C.-based ski instructor Graham Witcomb says that taking ski lessons can help people become more savvy about their investment portfolio. The secret, Witcomb says, is in learning how to stay in your comfort range—and avoiding unnecessary risk—and focusing on skiing, rather than how and where you might fall.
- Peter Kray