With a flurry of late season snow, the sale of snow sports equipment and clothing rebounded slightly last winter compared with the abysmal season the previous year.
The sale of ski and snowboarding equipment and clothing reached $3.4 billion in the 2012-13 season, up 3% compared with the previous season, according to the latest report from the SnowSports Industry Assn., a trade group for ski, snowboard and apparel retailers and manufacturers.
The numbers represent a slight improvement from the 2011-12 season when participation in snow sports dropped 6% over the previous year because of extremely limited snowfall.
The latest ski and snowboarding season appeared to be on track for another disappointing year until January when heavy snowfall revived sales of skis, snowboards and winter clothing, according to the SnowSports Industry Assn.
"The snowfall got a late start last season, getting underway after the Christmas holiday and that certainly had an effect on both participation and sales numbers," said Kelly Davis, director of research for SIA.