Slippery slope: Diverse industry offerings will combat mounting competition and global warming

Operators in the Ski and Snowboard Resorts industry in Canada are expected to benefit from rising disposable income and an increase in inbound international travel over the five years to 2019. While regional and local guests comprise a substantial portion of industry revenue, operators rely heavily on international travellers to bolster profit margins, as they typically stay for longer periods of time and take advantage of a resort's full spectrum of amenities throughout their stay. Though international travel has been mildly volatile during the five-year period, inbound international travel is expected to increase. The effects of global warming are expected to wreak havoc on certain industry establishments, creating anomalies in snowfall and potentially hurting revenue as a more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Operators are expected to diversify their product offerings and maximize revenue generated from regional and local consumers
  • The industry as a whole has largely begun to trend toward consolidation
  • Consumer interest in skiing and snowboarding is anticipated to rise
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Ski and Snowboard Resorts industry in Canada exhibits a medium level of concentration, with the four largest operators accounting for 57.0% of industry revenue. The industry is characterized by several smaller players that cater to local and regional guests, and larger resorts that cater to both regional customers and destination guests that demand a full-service resort experience. While many smaller players in the industry still exist, concentration has risen over the past five years due to merger and consolidation among ski resorts. Over the years, ski resorts have undergone consolidation, resulting in an overall decline in the total number of ski areas in Canada. This trend is explicated by the overall decline in industry operators over the past five years...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry are

  • Effective cost controls
  • Economies of scale
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Leisure time and Per capita disposable income in the Ski & Snowboard Resorts industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry?

    This industry comprises establishments engaged in operating downhill, cross-country or similar skiing areas, or operating equipment, such as ski lifts and tows. These establishments often provide food and beverage services, equipment rental services and ski instruction services. Four-season resorts without accommodations are also included in this industry, though companies that own but do not operate ski resorts are excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Skiing facilities
  • Food and beverages
  • Ski schools
  • Equipment rental
  • Industry Activities
  • Operating alpine skiing facilities without accommodations
  • Operating cross-country skiing facilities without accommodations
  • Operating downhill skiing facilities without accommodations
  • Operating four-season ski resorts without accommodations
  • Ski lift and tow operation
  • Operating ski resorts without accommodations
  • Operating cross-country skiing facilities without accommodations
  • Operating downhill skiing facilities without accommodations
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Leisure time
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Inbound international travel
  • Number of households earning $100K or more

  • Current Performance
  • Industry composition
  • Consolidation and profit
  • Climate change
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Diversifying the business model
  • Shifting workforce and continuing consolidation
  • Environmental concerns
  • Table: Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Grocery Wholesaling in Canada
  • Heating & Air-Conditioning Contractors in Canada
  • Oil & Gas Pipeline Construction in Canada
  • Plumbing in Canada
  • Sporting Goods Wholesaling in Canada
  • Water & Sewer Line Construction in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Skiing facilities
  • Food and beverages
  • Other
  • Equipment rental
  • Ski schools
  • Chart: Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Weather
  • Economic factors and leisure time

  • Major Markets
  • Destination guests
  • Regional guests
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Rent and utilities
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Ski & Snowboard Resorts

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc., Intrawest ULC,
  • Table: Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Intrawest ULC - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Ski & Snowboard Resorts Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Per capita disposable income (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Destination Guest
  • A skier or snowboarder who travels from interstate or abroad to a ski resort.
  • Local Guest
  • A skier or snowboarder who lives locally (in-state) and may visit the same ski resort multiple times during the season.
  • Rfid
  • A tracking system optimized to minimize lift lines and the need for employees to check each individual's ticket, making the entire process of getting on the slopes more seamless for customers.
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