Research by Domaines skiables de France (DSF) shows that France is the top destination in the world for skiing (in terms of attendance), ahead of the United States and Austria for the first time in three years.

French ski resorts recorded 55.3 million skier days during the 2011/12 season, up 3% year on year.  The growth was driven by the excellent snow conditions from early in the season.

Heavy snowfalls were a feature of France’s successful winter

The US, which suffered from a terrible snow season, saw numbers fall 15.8% to 50.97 million skier days, according to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA).   Austria recorded 50 million skier days, 2% down on 2010/2011.

Laurent Reynaud, CEO of DSF, rightly applauded the figures as ‘good news’, but noted that French resorts were still below the average of the last four seasons, and the record  of 58.5 million skier-days set in 2008/09.

It’s great news for France and has helped them combat the growing trend of British skiers to head to other countries in recent years.
By Iain Martin