Even though it seems that It is hard as fuck to sell anything on NS all signs point to no. Most experts feel Like Weather, not the economies condition during the year are the only factor.
David Ingemie, President, SnowSports Industries America:
"Our data for this year August through October is showing sales up
overall in equipment, apparel, and accessories both in dollars and in
units. Our data going back to the 1970s shows that the demographic of
snow sports participants has been recession resistant and that the key
to whether people will participate is snow. This economic climate is a
little bit different than we have experienced in the past as it is
really a global issue, so we are keeping a close look at the situation
and the data as it develops. My guess is that we will do okay if we
have a normal snow year around the country." - summer 2008
"Compared with 401ks, the stock market, airlines, oil - you name it - the lift ticket numbers look really good," he said.
I can believe this because lets face it, skiing and snowboarding is a super expensive sport that only the middle to upper class can afford this sport and lifestyle.
But I feel like most Newschoolers are not that "well off." Do you or your family fit the upper-class demographic or are you kind me. (my dad didnt go skiing this year for the first time in ....god I Don't know how long because he didnt want to spend the money) The only reason I can afford it is because as a 20 year old I have money from work and not many expenses at all at the moment (thanks college loans).
BTW I'm writting a 10 page research paper on the ski industry and got interested i how you guys see the effect of the crisis even though all the rich fucking resort owners have seen very little effect.