A longer snowy season this year has brought booming visitor numbers.
Sales of ski lift passes in Norway have soared this snowy winter. Figures show a 15% rise in sales across the country this season.
The stats were buoyed up by an early start to the skiing season and an spectacularly snowy winter throughout much of the country, according to the organisation Alpinanleggenes Landsforening, which gathered the numbers.
“This winter has fortunately been a very good one in terms of snow, and it’s clear this both improves the working conditions for our members and attracts people to ski resorts all over the country,” the organisation’s general secretary Camilla Sylling Clausen told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
Local travel firms have also expressed their delight at the extra business helped by such a long winter, especially as the excellent conditions extend towards the Easter break.
“It has been a fantastic winter here. We’ve had large amounts of snow, giving great conditions. There has been almost five metres of snow in all, with one-and-a-half to two metres lying on the slopes. That brought a lot of people to the mountains,” Richard Taraldsen, director of Destination Hemsedal, told NRK.
Visitors from beyond Scandinavia are also adding to this year’s impressive figures, according to Camilla Sylling Clausen, with more and more skiers visiting Norway’s slopes from countries like the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands.