Australian Skier Visits Statistics

Australian Skier Day Statistics

A skier day is one person purchasing a lift ticket for one day’s skiing or snowboarding. Some assumptions are made as to how many days the purchaser of a season pass skis or rides.

Australian Skier Days (‘000)

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
VIC 878 781 931 787 901 865 890 887 682 847
NSW 1,409 1,374 1,391 1,092 1,132 1,149 1,150 1,146 1,058 1,182
TAS  3 3  1  3 13
Total 1,954 1,966 2,287 2,155 2,322 1,879 2,033 2,014 2,040 2,033 1,740 2,029

As from 2015, only national skier visitation data is measured. Also, measurement methodology changed due to electronic scanning technology, with “unique scans” measured as opposed to a previously imputed visitation levels for certain lift passes.

Australian Ski Resort Statistics

Highest Lifted Point Lowest Lifted Point Skiable Area Snow Making Area Lifts Terrain – Advanced Terrain – Intermediate Terrain – Beginner
Perisher 2034m 1605m 1245ha 53.4ha 47 18% 60% 22%
Thredbo 2037m 1365m 480ha 66ha 14 17% 67% 16%
Selwyn Snowfields 1614m 1492m 45ha 36ha 11 12% 48% 40%
Charlotte Pass 1955m 1760m 50ha 10ha 6 20% 50% 30%
Mt Buller 1805m 1375m 300ha 70ha+ 22 35% 45% 20%
Mt Hotham 1945m 1450m 320ha 25ha 13 40% 40% 20%
Falls Creek 1780m 1500m 450ha 100ha 14 23% 60% 17%
Mt Baw Baw 1562m 1407m 30ha 10ha 7 11% 64% 25%

Economic Significance

Category 2011 2012 2013 2014 2016
NSW impact on Gross State Product $987 million $1,222 million $1,220 million $1,248 million
VIC impact on Gross State Product $570 million $673 million $590 million $668 million $790 million*
Total $1,557 million $1,895 million $1,810 million $1,916 million
NSW impact on employment 9,203 10,443 10,432 10,600
VIC impact on employment 5,767 5,997 5,471 5,967 7,892*
Total 14,970 16,440 15,903 16,567

*Different research company and methodology used to compile 2016 study results

Helmet Usage

The figures show the percentage of Australian skiers and snowboarders which wear a helmet whilst skiing and snowboarding, as measured across all Australian alpine resorts.

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
 57.4% 67.0% 75.1% 72.2% 76.4%