Snowsports sector 2022 - economic, social, and cultural impact: research

This report presents the findings of research into the economic, cultural and social value of the Scottish snowsports sector.


1. The report available on the HIE website in PDF form.

2. Mountain centres (1,000 target and 1,484 actual). Artificial slopes (400 target and 46 actual).

3. This is not a comprehensive picture of investment to the sector and is likely an under-estimate. It is based on the data received from mountain centres and artificial slopes.

4. Note: comprehensive investment data was not provided by all operators.

5. FTE stands for full-time equivalent, and it measures how many total full-time employees or part-time employees add up to full-time employees your company employs. The calculation of FTE is an employee's scheduled hours divided by the employer's hours for a full-time workweek. For example, when an employer has a 35-hour workweek, employees who are scheduled to work 35 hours per week are 1.0 FTEs. Employees scheduled to work 17.5 hours per week are 0.5 FTEs.

6. The Alpine region is made up of Austria, France, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, and Switzerland.

7. The full report was unavailable and information in this section is based on a summary infographic.

8. The report was received privately and is not publicly available.

9. Data for the years 2016/17, 2017/18, and 2018/19 was only available for four of the five mountain centres. Furthermore, no data is available for 2020/21, hence the chart only shows visitor numbers up to 2019/20.

10. Simplistically, it is the value of the amount of goods and services that have been produced, less the cost of all inputs and raw materials that are directly attributable to that production. As noted in the National Performance Framework, it is the Scottish Government's preferred metric for measuring economic output.

11. Net impacts are calculated based on HM Treasury Green Book guidance (and Scottish Enterprise EIA guidance).



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