The Icelandic ski resorts counted a total of 162,685 visitors in the 2011-2012 season. Hlíðarfjall in Akureyri boasts the most skiers, 59,025, closely followed by Bláfjöll, the capital’s ski resort, which was attended by 57,942 people last winter.
Skiing in Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Magnús Árnason, chairman of the Association of Icelandic Ski Resorts, told Morgunblaðið that the season was comparable to the winter of 2010-2011.
There was plenty of snow, especially during the latter part of the season, but southwesterly winds often made conditions too stormy for skiing, Magnús said.
However, he described the conditions at the end of April as unique. “The skies were clear, prime skiing conditions, always frost during the night and I believe a large group of people ended the season with a smile in their hearts,” he concluded.