Snow sports in Minnesota rose to a new record for popularity on Tuesday, reaching 10 million fans.
The sport gained the highest number of fans per sport of any sports category for a single day in history, according to Sports Illustrated.
“I think the sport has always been in a great place,” said Duluth resident Lisa O’Hara, who said she had followed snow sports since childhood.
“The sport is just so different from what we’ve seen before.
People like the outdoors.
It’s so fun.
It has a lot to do with nature.”
The sports popularity surge came after snow sports fans in Duluth staged a day of snow skiing in December and a day in December in the winter.
In the summer of 2016, Duluth had the highest snow sports popularity rate in the country, according the United States Census Bureau.
The sports industry was also hit hard in 2018.
The National Snow Sport Association had its biggest drop in the history of the business.
The industry lost $4.4 billion in 2018, a 13 percent decline, according its 2017 annual report.
The NSSA, which is based in the United Kingdom, was also down more than $1 billion, according an industry report.
“In my opinion, this is a good time to be in snow sports because we are seeing a huge increase in popularity,” said Bill Miller, a sportswriter for the Duluth News Tribune.
“We are seeing new fans come in.
The game is gaining more popularity.”
Miller noted that snow sports had been a niche sport for many years, and that snow sport leagues have been growing in popularity in recent years.
“They are just starting to gain traction,” he said.
Miller also noted that sports leagues in other parts of the country have also been growing and that sports fans are looking for new ways to get involved.
“What snow sports really do is appeal to a broad audience,” Miller said.
“It’s not just kids that are watching the games.
It also appeals to people who are old enough to be retired.”
“I’m a fan of all sports, but snow sports is definitely my favorite sport,” said Michael Kuehne, a lifelong snow sports fan.
“Snow sports are just fun, you can play any position, be in any situation, and have a good sport,” Kuehan said.
The popularity of snow sports was driven in part by the popularity of the sport in Duluzas snowiest city, Dulce, a city of about 2.2 million.
“You have to love Duluth,” said Joe Risley, a Duluth snow sports enthusiast.
“This is the biggest city in the state.
We’ve got an awesome sports atmosphere.”
Snow sports are a big draw for many people who live outside the Duluzos snowiest cities, who love the snow, the snowing and the great snow sports experience, Rislee said.
In 2017, snow sports attracted a record 3.7 million people.