I was just working on an article gathering data about the ski industry, ski visits and such for the past season in regards to the economy. http://tinyurl.com/dljfnx
In general, it seems like the out-of-the-way destination resorts (e.g. Sun Valley) were hurt more than the resorts closer to population centers like the in the East. It makes sense-- people scale back with driving trips rather than flying, etc.
For those of you on here in the industry, share with us your anecdotal experiences with the past season. Was the economic downturn effect really noticable and how?
The other question to ponder is-- could this be good in the long run for the ski industry? Season pass costs for next season are down pretty much across the board. Could that get more people hooked on the sport for the first time or at least reinvigorated for those who may have strayed away due to the past trend of rising costs?