Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Geography & Environmental Studies


Faculty of Arts

First Advisor

George B. Priddle

Advisor Role

Thesis Supervisor


The number of skiers participating in the outdoor recreation activity of skiing has increased tremendously during the past twenty years. With increased amounts of leisure time, improved means of access and mobility, greater real incomes, new technology, and an increased desire to ski, the amount of skiing being done will continue to rise in the future.

The factors that have determined the development of existing ski resort facilities appear nebulous. Some of the ski resorts established in the past have resulted in economically successful operations while others have ended in a financial loss for the owners involved as well as a misuse of the land resources supporting the resorts. It is imperative that a greater understanding of the factors of location be determined so that future ski resort sites may achieve optimum use and maximum user satisfaction. The purpose or objective of this study is to gain a better understanding of the factors that determine potential locations of ski resorts. What types of terrain, climate, exposure, facilities and market are necessary for a ski resort to operate successfully?

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