skiing 88 224.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Israel may have only experienced its first rainfalls this week, but people are
already gearing up for the winter skiing and snowboarding season, which runs
from December to March.
More than 30,000 Israelis will go on ski
vacations abroad this winter, a 15 percent increase over last year, according to
SkiDeal, an alpine sports tourism company. The number of Israelis choosing ski
holidays has been increasing every year, according to Ronen Katz, the company’s
“This year’s winter tourism season is expected to be
more successful than last year’s, due in large part to the recovery from the
global economic crisis,” Katz said. “It appears that with time, Israelis are
realizing that ski vacations are an enjoyable option for a vacation in a growing
number of places around the world and at a range of prices that are suitable for
“The Russian immigration also contributed to the rise of popularity
of winter sports, as they brought the skiing culture with them from home,” he
continued. “Altogether there has been a steady increase of roughly 10%
[annually] in the amount of bookings over the last five or six years.”
typical weeklong ski vacation costs between NIS 3,900 and NIS 7,500, depending
on the country and individual resort, Katz said, while a stay at the Austrian
Ischgl resort can reach up to NIS 10,000.
“The drop in the value of the
euro relative to the shekel during the last year means that Israelis can enjoy
cheaper prices than ever before,” Katz said.
Most Israelis ski in Europe,
“While North America has its fair share of quality ski
destinations, the majority of them are on the West Coast and it is simply too
far away for Israelis to take advantage of,” he said.
launched a special competition this year. Anyone interested in winning a free
ski package should send them a written proposal describing the most outrageous
thing they are willing to do to win the prize. The selected idea will be filmed
and the video will be posted on SkiDeal’s website and Facebook page.
far they have received more than 150 suggestions, Katz said.