Skier Numbers Up in Switzerland

Swiss ski resorts are reporting numbers are up overall for the peak Christmas/New Year period. Despite reporting the third warmest autumn in Switzerland, snow in December built up bases on higher slopes to provide good cover ahead of the main season start.  The fresh snow, combined with ideal sunny, but cold conditions, lured skiers out of the cities and onto the slopes.

Verbier reported particularly good conditions and strong visitor numbers with the lift company reporting 20,000+ skiers a day on the slopes over the Christmas period.

In the Villars-Gryon-Diablerets area the lift company reported operations almost at capacity with 8,000 skiers a day which compared to 1,500 a day for the same period last year when the area was hit by storms.

Many other areas have reported business up, with the St Moritz region reporting the biggest ‘region’ growth of 10.6%.

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