Originally Posted by PowHog
Unlikely since air fares (which are supposed to further rise short term) and ground transportation considerably add to the total costs, that alone usually more than offsets the effect of the deflated Greenback when compared to skiing here. Plus lodging and tickets have often been pricier overseas anyways so it may turn out to be roughly the same now.
If s.o. wants to cross the pond to go skiing then it's probably not for the exchange rate alone.
Money will make a difference (it always does, even with people who claim it doesn't!) but PowHog is right: there are many other factors too.
I guess that there are three groups who will look at North America (and, by the way, I think that almost all of them are U.K or Irish-based -- mainland Europeans are pretty conservative about where they ski).
First, families or relatively new skiers. There are already more than a few who find the easy skiing, friendly atmosphere, well managed trails, English-speaking ski schools and so on a revelation after the pluck-you attitude of a lot of European resorts. I can see companies catering for that market expanding their offering next winter, especially around school holidays.
Second, keen intermediates to advanced, the sort of people who might go to the Three Valleys or Portes de Soleil. I don't think that many North American resorts would tempt them with Whistler being the obvious exception (it's already VERY popular). Perhaps also Vail -- I don't know enough. But, if I were in that group, I'd think very hard -- you're adding an awful lot of journey (and jet-lag and, in the case of Colorado, altitude acclimatization) to your holiday.
Then there are the hard core types (the sort that read ski forums in June when it's 30 outside
). Of the people like that whom I know, a lot have jobs in just those areas that are being affected by the current financial turmoil (banking, law, IT) so they may not have the disposable income next winter that they have had in the past, and they also tend to be time-poor as well as cash-rich. But I'm sure some will be tempted by a heli-skiing trip if it is that little bit less pricy.