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According to a report by Snowsports Industries America (SIA), total US industry sales through January 2007 from Specialty Stores, declined 3% compared to the corresponding period last year.

2007 sales: $1.37 Billion vs. $1.41 Billion in 2006.

Most of the decline is attributed to a spare snow season through much of the country, excepting the far west.

Sales of alpine ski equipment during this period declined 7% in dollar value, from $303 million in '06 to $281 million in '07, while snowboard equipment suffered the largest drop, declining 15%, from $176 million in '06 to $150 million this year.

Interestingly, ski apparel was immune to the trend, increasing 10% from $373 million to $411 million. Snowboard apparel declined 2% to $76 million.

With Internet sales rolled in, total US industry sales through the end of January amounted to $1.64 Billion.