Japan sees signs of ski baby boom

posted on February 1, 2016

Japanese skiing hit its peak in the late 1980s and early 1990s before the country's bubble economy burst and public taste turned to video gaming.

However, there are signs of a long-awaited upturn in the popularity of snowsports in the Japanese domestic market, following on from a surge in international guests to the country's ski slopes over the past decade.

Japan had just 7.6 million skiers and snowboarders last season according to official stats, around 40% of the peak seasons in the late 1990s, when nearly 20 million Japanese went skiing each winter.

But demand is showing signs of picking up according to local reports, as the generation that experienced the 1990s skiing boom come back with their families.

The response of resort operators has been to provide more to attract them. Several leading resorts offer totally free lift passes to children up to age 12, one of the most generous offers in the skiing world.

source by inthesnow
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