There are 470 ski resorts in the U.S., which are visited by more than 50 million skiers and snowboarders every winter season. More than 13.5 million Americans skied at least once in 2015, and nearly 7.7 million people participated in snowboarding in the U.S. during that same year. Along with skiing and snowboarding, ice hockey is also one of the most popular winter sports in North America, particularly in Canada and in some northern states of the U.S. In 2014, around 2.4 million people played ice hockey in the U.S. About 530,000 of these participants were officially registered ice hockey players.
Bobsled, speed skating, curling, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and biathlon are a few examples of winter sports. Skiing and snowboarding are some of the most popular winter sports in the United States. The U.S. winter tourism industry accounts for several billion U.S. dollars in economic impact each season.
From The International Ski Federation (FIS) President: "The children are our future. Each and every season we see children taking to snow sports for the first time. Whether they will grow up to be top skiers is not what matters - what we want is to watch them grow with skiing and snowboarding as part of their lives. It is this vision that was the main inspiration for FIS’s ‘Bring Children to the Snow’ campaign that was introduced by the FIS Council in November 2007. The campaign has been going from strength to strength and now is the time to take the next step and launch World Snow Day..."
FIS was founded on the 18th of February in 1910 when 22 delegates from 10 countries joined together to form in the International Skiing Commission in Christiania (NOR) and served from 1910 to 1924. The group became formally known as the International Ski Federation on 2nd February 1924 during the first Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix, France with 14 member nations. Today, 123 National Ski Associations comprise the membership of FIS. National Ski Associations appeared in turn in the United States in 1904.
The 1st Edition of World Snow Day was in 2011.
WHY HAS WORLD SNOW DAY BEEN ESTABLISHED?
* To increase youth participation in snow sports.
* To support and encourage involvement in snow sports, together with industry stakeholders.
* To bring newcomers to snow whilst offering extra value to those who already participate.
THE GOALS OF WORLD SNOW DAY: Enable children and families to Explore, Enjoy and Experience the fascination of snow sports
through special Events around the world; To teach children how to preserve the snow for future generations; To teach children how to be safe on and off the snow; To show Children and their families the health benefits of snow sports and physical activity.
The WORLD SNOW DAY is always the 3rd Sunday in January.
Source: world-snow-day.com | statista.com
In 2017 World Snow Day in USA falls on January 15.