France is now the world's top ski destination

AFP
Published Sep 23, 2015, 1:31 am IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 6:05 pm IST
The position has traditionally been held by the United States
Representational Image. (Picture Courtesy: Pixabay)
 Representational Image. (Picture Courtesy: Pixabay)
 
Grenoble, France: France glided past the United States last winter to emerge as the world's top ski destination despite a 2.7 percent drop in visitors to its stations, according to industry body DSF. Domaines Skiables de France (DSF) said it had registered some 53.9 million individual days of skiing on the slopes, a 2.7 percent drop from the year before.
 
However this still placed France slightly ahead of the United States which also suffered a drop in visitors of some 5.2 percent with 53.6 million days on the slopes. "There's hardly any difference between us," the DSF's Laurent Reynaud said of the results.
 
"But we are still happy because the season was challenging, we had a difficult start in terms of snow, and a strong drop (in visitors) over the spring holidays at the end," he said. It is only the fourth time that France has won the crown of top skiing destination, traditionally held by the United States.
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