Thrilling, risky, and challenging have all been words to describe the sport of skiing at one time or another, however, many people tend to believe that skiing has been losing popularity in recent years. Skiing has been associated to winter for a long, long time, and interest in it has remained steady for many generations, so how could it start losing popularity all of the sudden
Like any other question of this nature, that's a difficult one to answer, however if you take a closer look into how much people and life in general have changed in recent years, the answer to this question may be a bit more evident...
Hurrying and scurrying here and there, people move about at a faster pace than ever before. In the interconnected world we live in, technology is highly integrated into our lives. With the technological entertainment and social networking that's available for little or no cost, the majority of men, women, boys, and girls everywhere are seeking out the latest advancement in electronic devices rather than devoting as much time to sports and active ventures like skiing than ever before.
Skiing has been a winter pastime for the last two centuries, and a necessary means of transportation for many years before that. When skiing was first introduced into the recreational sector, it became one of the latest crazes, something everyone wanted to try. In those days, it was relatively inexpensive and there was little competition for popularity from indoor activities, like there is today with TV, computers, and game systems like Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and the Sony Playstation. The general population, particularly the younger generation, seems to be more attracted to these activities than outdoor physical activities like skiing unless there is a place to ski near where they live or if it is something all or some of their friends are doing. If they do partake in winter sports, teens are generally going to choose the most thrilling and/or dangerous ones. While downhill skiing and ski jumping can be both thrilling and risky, young people have seem to have taken more of an interest in skiboarding, snowboarding, and snowmobiling.
Many adults like to ski and will when they can, however with the economy in its current state and many having to work two or more jobs to make ends meet or deal with the stress that surrounds losing a job or being cut back in hours and still provide for a family. Skiing and other recreational activities have to be put on the back burner in these situations and priorities have to be made. Money is tight, and there's barely enough to pay the bills, much less partake in an enjoyable, recreational activity like skiing. These days, skiing can be very expensive, especially as a family activity. Between lift tickets and equipment, a single day of skiing does not come cheap. Many people may like to ski and want to partake in it or want to try it for the first time, but simply cannot afford it.
In summary, although skiing has a long history and has been a popular winter activity for many years, in recent years its popularity has shown a drop off trend. The main reasons behind this is the competition out there for people's time and energy, particularly new and innovative technological devices, the increased pace of life, the trendiness of other winter activities such as skiboarding and snowboarding as of late, and the current state of the economy, many people don't have the extra money necessary to hit the slopes.