From the Editor
And so we reach the sixth and final edition of the season already, winter 2012–13 has flown by. But, of course, for most resorts there will be several months still to go where you’ll be able to keep skiing. As someone who has skied Engelberg in May, and Riksgransen in June, I can highly recommend it – fewer people, lower prices, and warm afternoons to go hiking or biking, it feels very special.
But we mustn’t wish away winter, especially after this one has so far proven to be a great success. As you can see from our cover story, tour operators and travel agencies, as well as the resorts themselves, are all reporting business up, and it’s exciting to think that we could be seeing snow sports holidays from the UK returning to growth for the first time since the global economic crash.
This is probably not due to a sudden surge in disposable income in our triple-dip recession, but more likely because the snow has been so good in almost all of the major ski regions, right since the start of the season.
So if you, like us, can’t face a snowless summer, and waiting 6–8 months until your next snow fix, don’t forget you can get news of next season, and indeed live snow reports from the glaciers and southern hemisphere, on skinews.com, as well as at the InTheSnow Facebook page and Twitter account.
We will also, no doubt, be sneaking the odd snow story into our summer mountain holidays and sports magazine Vertical Drop (verticaldrop.co.uk), which is back from late-April.
And we’re already very excited about 2013–14, even if 2012–13 is not over yet! It is, after all, Olympic season, when all eyes will be on Sochi, Russia; and although it may not be quite so big, we’re hoping all eyes will be on the Birmingham NEC in late-October when we launch our first ski show InTheSnow Live (inthesnowlive.com). It’s going to be an epic season, again!