With USA now by far the cheapest place to ski, might be a shift to USA or will the Japanese & airlines drop prices to counter the negative effect ?
Where do you get that from? As a skier, living in the U,S. I don't know what the costs of skiing in Japan are but here's how I rank the areas I've been to from cheapest to most expensive:
Europe - without any doubt the cheapest, especially Austria.
Canada - Cheaper than the U.S.
U.S. - Most expensive.
Having said that, skiers know that snow fall varies wildly from season to season so I don't think this year's snow fall will have much of an effect on next year's bookings.
You can get lift tickets in Colorado for $37 U.S. for an adult for a day with 4 kids free.
That's not called a ski resort. I believe that's the slush pile in the back of a hockey rink. Seriously, where in the Rockies can you get that? I just came from a vacation in Breckenridge the the window price for a lift ticket is over $200/day for an adult.
sorry to clarify - much cheaper for Australians to ski in USA, than Americans. Australians all get 4 weeks minimum paid leave & at a 17.5% loading. Some, like teachers, university lecturers etc. get up to 3 months paid holidays a year, so resorts in USA love Australians cos they stay longer much longer.
One Colorado resort said average stay by Americans less than 4 nights, whereas Australians on average stay nearly 14 nights.
Years ago, many Australians had week at 1 resort & then another week at another. Much of that has been killed off, by resorts offering huge long stay discounts.
Does anyone actually buy $200 lift tickets for a day ? Think that's a bit like hotels saying a certain % off. % off what ? A ficticious rack rate, that no one ever pays, bu they discount off.
Few years ago, we skied Breck. We had a voucher for lift tickets. Think we got 6 days out of 7 for USD$350. There was some issue with our voucher, which took 15 mins to sort out. In the time we waited, not one person bought a full priced ticket. All had either vouchers, or coupons or some sort of discount voucher.
The Canadians love to tell everyone that skiing in Canada is for some reason cheaper than USA cos of exchange rate. This is a con, as we have looked at cheaper smaller resorts in Canada to save $$$ but work out more expensive than major U.S. resorts.
The other thing is it's much cheaper to get to U.S. resorts than to Canada. So much competition now to fly to USA - LAX, SFO, DFW, ORD, HOU all have or will have very shortly nonstop flights from Australian east coast cities. BNE/SFO starts in a week & BNE/ORD starts next month I believe, plus all the cheap 1 stop options via NZ or Fiji.
Anyway, back on topic. Have spoken to a few OZ tour operators who all say, the previous winter snowfall has huge impact on ski holiday bookings. People have VERY short memories.
Places like Colorado always have good snow, especially by Australian standards (yes we have small ski resorts who are lucky if they get to open 12 weeks a year)
So with Coronavirus & article in news on how poor snow is in Japan (even if not accurate - am sure some Japanese resorts have some snow) how will airlines fill aircraft, resorts fill with Australians ? Suggest might be cut backs to frequency of many flights.