A report by Domaines Skiables de France (DSF) shows that the number of skier days for the 2019/2020 winter season in French ski areas was down 16% year on year and down 15% on the 4-year rolling average.

Skier days down only 2% before Covid-19 struck

The drop in numbers was of course principally due to the early closure of the ski resorts due to Covid-19.

Nationally numbers were down by only 2% at the point resorts closed on 14 March 2020 compared with the previous year.

A poor snow season overall led to even larger falls for the Vosges and Massif Central regions.

The largest and smallest resorts suffered most (but for different reasons)

All sizes of resort suffered in the 2019/2020 season, although it was at both ends of the scale where the biggest differences were seen.

The largest ski resorts missed out on the high volume of visitors at the end of the season, while smaller resorts lost out due to a lack of snow throughout the active season.