Recode’s David Weigel has been following the rise and fall of ski resorts.
Now he’s back in the loop.
Weigel says he has been tracking the rise of the ski resort industry since he first covered the industry in 2012, when he worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal.
The rise of ski resort resort resorts has been a big story since 2012.
So much so, in fact, that the National Ski Areas Association and the International Ski Association both released a report in January outlining the rise in the number of resorts in the United States.
And the reason why we’re seeing so much growth is that the world has changed.
What is the ski industry doing to stay competitive?
David Weisel: The industry has been pretty resilient.
The industry’s seen tremendous growth.
And the industry has seen incredible growth in the tourism industry, as well.
It’s a combination of a combination — the world’s changing, the growth in tourism and in ski tourism.
So there’s been an explosion in both.
But the industry’s also seen a lot of uncertainty, which has had a lot to do with the fact that it’s not really clear what the next generation of ski-resort operators are going to do.
They’ve not had any experience in operating in the world of the Olympics.
And so it’s really been a little bit of a transition.
David Weiser: So the new operators don’t have any experience operating on Olympic slopes, which is very difficult.
David, how does that affect them?
David, you mentioned in your piece earlier this year that we don’t really have any idea what the new ski-sport operators are actually going to look like.
David Weisel (on camera): I’m going to try and answer that question for you.
David: You know, you’re asking me a question.
We’ve never actually seen any ski resorts operate on Olympic skiers.
We have never actually had a ski resort in the Olympics, and yet the industry is already experiencing a lot more competition from other players.
So the industry needs to be able to be agile, and we’re going to need to have more and more operators in the industry, because they’re the ones that are going out and getting the most tourists.
How are ski resorts competing with other operators?
David: The key thing is that you need a good brand, you need good service, and you need strong customer service.
So in order for a ski-casual operator to have any chance of competing with a competitor like Universal, you’ve got to be very good at everything you do.
And that includes good customer service and good service.
David : But there’s also the question of profitability.
And we have to look at profitability in order to determine if we should be operating on these slopes.
And there’s an industry standard for profitability, which the International Association of Ski Companies has set.
I believe it’s about 40 percent of a resort’s operating profit, which means that there’s a very, very, low chance of that resort being profitable.
David weiser: David, what’s the standard that ski-industry operators are expected to meet?
David weisel: Well, I believe that the industry standard is 40 percent.
That’s basically a very good indicator of profitability, because there’s no other ski-restaurant operator that is able to compete at that level.
David WEISEL: And there are still a lot questions about profitability and whether there is any way for ski resorts to grow in the future.
But, again, it is a very high bar.
It’s a tough bar.
And I think the industry will be able, because it’s a highly competitive industry, to grow, and I think that’s what you want.
David heiser: If you want to get into some more technical details on the industry and how it operates, you can get a free downloadable version of David Weislis latest piece, “Why Ski Resorts Are So Expensive and Why You Need to Be There.”