The world ski market
Accounting for ski countries may vary according to the definition of skiing and of a ski area. There are currently 68 countries in the world that offer equipped outdoor ski areas covered with snow. They are shown colour-coded on the map below. 62 are located in the northern hemisphere while 6 are located in the southern hemisphere, with a ski season in opposed time. While people ski in the North, they go to the beach in the South, and reverse. Taking into account indoor facilities, mountaineering-only areas and other types of facilities such as dry slopes, the figure can be as high as 100 . Besides the major ski destinations in terms of skier visits, there are a number of other, smaller destinations, where skiing has been an industry for a long time, or is currently developing. The most obvious emerging destinations are Eastern Europe and China, but there are a number of other small players spread out across the globe: Cyprus, Greece, India, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Lesotho, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey and many more.