The US ski industry is in trouble, according to a study commissioned by ski resorts and the US Department of Labor.The study, by the University of Colorado Boulder, looked at ski industry trends in terms of job losses and other losses during the past 15 years.It found that more than half of all ski resorts closed their doors during the period studied."The industry is losing jobs and it's not just ...
The ski industry in North Carolina has been hit hard by plummeting sales and a sharp increase in the number of cancellations due to wildfires and severe weather.
The latest news comes just days after the state’s governor announced the closure of its ski resort.
The state’s tourism board announced in a report that the state was in the midst of a $6.7 billion fiscal crisis.
The board cited a variety of factors including an increase in cancellations and the state losing money as the biggest culprit.
The number of ski resort cancellations has jumped by more than 50 percent in the past year, the report said.
The number of resorts in North Dakota has increased by nearly 30 percent.
The report said ski resorts were losing money because of “the increasing demand for high-quality outdoor recreation and the decreasing value of our resorts.”
The board reported that this had made it harder for resorts to maintain their facilities and keep guests coming back.
“The increase in hotel occupancy and the continued decline in snowpack in North Dakotas region have led to a sharp decrease in snowfall and higher water levels at resorts, resulting in decreased snowpack and diminished skiing opportunities,” the report read.
A spokesperson for North Carolina Gov.
Pat McCrory said that North Carolina’s ski resorts have already experienced a significant decrease in business because of the wildfires and the severe weather conditions in the state.
“Our state has been impacted by the severe fire season that is now underway and we have seen significant reductions in visitation,” Kimmie Johnson said in a statement.
“We have also experienced a dramatic increase in lodging and other costs related to the drought.”
The U.S. ski industry is one of the biggest in the country and is the biggest employer in the nation, but has struggled financially due to the recession and its impact on tourism.
In addition to the closures of ski resorts in the region, several ski resorts and a few other resorts have been shut down due to high water levels.
The National Ski Areas Association said that more than 1,000 resorts in 17 states have been forced to close due to severe weather and high water.
The association has warned that the ski resorts could face financial and logistical problems.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.