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It's that time again when we reveal the ski areas that have attracted the most skiers and snowboarders.

The list is included in the 2019 edition of the International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism compiled by the Swiss consultant, Laurent Vanat.

We have reported on the main points of the 2019 report in our earlier article:

The report ranks the major ski areas worldwide, based on the average annual skier visits during the last few winter seasons up to and including 2017-18.

A ‘skier visit' is counted as one person taking part in any downhill activity on any one day. See the full explanation at the end of this article.

So, on to the list.

There are actually 51 resorts on it, the same as last year.

Madonna di Campiglio, ItalyMadonna di Campiglio - Italy's top ranked resort
















All the ski areas that made it into the 2018 list are still there with no new entries.

But a handful have changed places.

Åre in Sweden makes the biggest jump up the table, from 51 to 41.

Are, SwedenOn the way up














It was a new entry last year.

And the winner is.....


It's La Plagne.


La Plagne, FranceLa Plagne, France 
















The resort in the French Alps is part of the vast Paradiski area with Les Arcs, which retains its position at number 3. Les Arcs has a number of different resorts in it including Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950, and Arc 2000.

The whole area is, without question, a fabulous place to ski with a bit of something for everything, as we have found on our many visits.

















The other three resorts that make up the top 5 are in Austria.

Here's the full list, with the 2018 rankings in brackets.


1.  La Plagne (1)

2.  SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental (2)

3.  Les Arcs (3)

4.  Saalbach Hinterlglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn (4)

5.   Ischgl/Samnaun Silvretta Arena (5)

6.  Whistler Blackcomb (6)

7.  Madonna di Campiglio (9)

8.   Gardena/Alpe di Siusi (7)

9.  Val Thorens-Orelle (8)

10. Flachau-Wagrein-St Johann (10)

11. Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis (11)

12. Grandvalira (14)

13. Soelden (16)

14. Breckenridge (12)

15. Vail (13)

16. Chamonix/Les Houches (15)

17. Sälen (18)

18. Courchevel-Meribel-Mottaret (17)

19. Zillertal Arena (19)

20. Les Menuires (20)

21. Tignes (21)

22. Kitzbuehel (22)

23. Zermatt (23)

24. Plan de Corones (26)

25. Val d'Isere (24)

26. Alta Badia (28)

27. Flaine-Morillon-Samoens-Sixt (29)

28. St Anton/St Christoph/Stuben (27)

29. Park City (30)

30. Alpe d'Huez (25)

31. Val di Fassa/Carezza (34)

32. Serre Chevalier (31)

33. Les Deux Alpes (32)

34. Zillertal 3000-Mayrhofen (33)

35. Silvretta Montafon (35)

36. Avoriaz (36)

37. Adelboden-Lenk (37)

38. Sestriere Via Lattea (38)

39. Mammoth (39)

40. Lech/Zurs-Warth (41)

41. Åre (51)

42. Copper Mountain (45)

43. Stubaier Gletscher (42)

44. Verbier (44)

45. Davos-Klosters (40)

46. St Moritz (43)

47. Schladming 4Berge (49)

48. Livigno (46)

49. Keystone (47)

50. Hochzillertal-Hochfugen-Kaltenbach (48)

51. Kaprun-Kitzsteinhorn (50)

Saalbach, AustriaSaalbach, Austria - ranked number 4
















There's been a lot of reaction to the list on social media with some readers guessing the top ranked resort before reading this article.

Others offer their own favourites while a few are clear that 'most popular' doesn't mean 'best'.

Here's a selection of the comments:

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*Skier visits = one person visiting a ski area for all or any part of a day or night for the purpose of skiing, snowboarding, or other downhill sliding activity. Skier visits include full-day, half-day, night, complimentary, adult, child, season pass and any other type of ticket that gives a skier/snowboarder the use of an area's facilities. A skier skiing for a whole week at a resort accounts for 7 skier visits (for example).

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