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Because skiers tend to be wealthy, the industry generally thinks of itself as immune to recessions. The typical skier is in the top 20% of wealth and income in the USA, and younger than retirement age. Last winter, for instance, the industry reported record attendance (around 60 million visits) and sales of snow sports products climbed 11% higher than the year before. But last winter, the USA's highest-profile resorts like Jackson Hole, Park City and Heavenly benefited from an influx in international visitors who may not come this year..(Photo By: Nathan W. Armes)