Welcome to the Skiing Season

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A few weeks after the Metro ski show in London, there has been good snow fall in the last week or so with many resorts open for business albeit some on a limited scale. Obergurgl in Austria opened on the 18th and Kitzbuhel opens today for weekend skiing. Tignes is the only French resort open but 3 days of snow is forecast. Zeramtt and Saas Fee in Switzerland have great skiing conditions we are told. Andermatt, Verbier, Zinal and Davos should be open now. Italy has had good snowfalls with Passo Tonale, Cervinia and Val Senales open. Earlier than planned, Pas de le Casa opens this weekend in Andorra. Garmisch in Germany is open and most resorts in Sweden and Norway are along with most US and Canadian resorts. In Scotland, there is snow but winds caused Cairngorm to be closed earlier this week.
So if all is looking so good this early on, what is the outlook for the ski season?
Back at the ski show, people were bullish with even Japan ,which seems a long way to go and ski, with Niseko, Furano and the Hakuba Valley being popular sources of enquiries as they can be good value compared to some European resorts. But last year the demand dropped by 12% according to the Ski Club of Great Britain. Was that due to the recession or the high prices at some resorts? Whatever the answer both holiday companies and suppliers were confident. Well they would be wouldn’t they.
What has improved dramatically over the years has been the standard of kit and protection available to skiers. Even a Young Enterprise school group in the south east of England has developed a fast, inexpensive method of attaching a boot to your ski. And what about the Skizmo? It’s one of those simple inventions that makes you wonder why no one thought of it before. It’s an inexpensive, boot jack that helps you to get your ski boots off which sometimes can be no easy task after a long day. And it’s not limited to the skier. Getting wellington boots off after a hot tramp in the mud and slush will be helped with this piece of reinforced plastic. They sold hundreds at the show. Amongst other equipment were knee supports from Ski-Mojo and even improved handles to clip onto skis from Ski Walker.
But none of this helps if there is little snow. The forecasts look good for that. Will they look as rosy for the ski industry as they try to woo us to the slopes this season?

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