By the numbers

6.1 million

The number of people who took part in alpine skiing in 2014, according to data from the National Sporting Goods Association. Snowboarding had 4.5 million participants, and cross-country skiing had 2.5 million participants. Alpine skiing increased from 5.9 million participants in 2013, while cross-country skiing increased from 2.4 million participants. Snowboarding saw a decline in participation, from 6.6 million in 2013.