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If so read on as the UK's largest ski operator, CrystalSKI, does some number crunching. NEW

Crystal Ski Holidays, has published a study to reveal the popularity of winter sports in nations around the world.

Top Destinations for Ski Travel

The United States - The USA sees the highest amount of yearly skiing visitors from in and out of the country.

54,905,000 people trekking to the resorts to experience the snowy slopes - that's one million fewer people than the whole population of South Africa.

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France - Taking the second spot with 54,012,000 foreign and domestic visits to ski resorts every year to make the most of the world-famous slopes..

Austria - Austria rounds up the top three countries with the most yearly skiing visitors.

51,722,000 individuals venturing to the resorts annually.

Austria also has the highest skier to tourist ratio out of all countries, with an average of 35%, meaning for every 100 tourists to visit Austria, 35 of them are visiting to ski.

See here for more on the report.

And what about a few other nations ?

The United Kingdom - The UK has ten ski areas with snow to cater for all 6.3 million skiers in the country (who usually head abroad to get their fix) - which could be a tight squeeze on the slopes if they all stayed closer to home.

The UK also takes the top spot of the country with the most amount of skiers per skiing area; a grand total of 634,000.

Belgium - It is the second most surprising ski nation, as they have 179,000 skiers for every ski area in the country. And from the research, it seems Belgians also like to watch Curling events the most during the games.

China - It has the highest number of ski areas within their country out of all other nations. There are 703 areas in total for their 12,880,000 yearly skiing visitors. As the hosts for the 2022 Winter Olympics, the country has seen a surge in the number of people taking an interest in winter sports. With 62 Winter Olympic medals behind them

Japan - It follows closely behind with 547 ski areas and 58 Winter Olympic medals, but have almost 2.5 times more visitors heading for the mountains, around 32,141,000 ski visitors.

And some more random ski facts:

With an average temperature of 30°C, Australia is a nation captivated by winter sports with over one million skiers and 12 ski areas.

For every local resident in Austria, there are 17.5 tourists visiting to ski.

Did you know that Norway holds the most Winter Olympic medals?

368 in total with 132 of them of the golden kind.

So there you have it, Crystal's random ski facts and figures...

For the Spirit of the Mountains - PlanetSKI: Number One for ski news

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