Weather is always the big question mark for ski resorts,but war is never good for tourist business.Consequently,companies that clothe skiers and snowboarders are wary that an Iraqi showdown will inhibit their customers from flying to the mountains.As long as the U.S.oes not go to battle,apparel manufacturers aim to build ski and snowboard apparel sales beyond last year ’s mark of $662 million.The Ski Industries of America reports that women comprise 40 percent of that figure.

Look for back country skiing and snowboarding,as well as telemark ski- ing,to gain more fans,especially those 30 and younger,in the months ahead."Everything extreme is big,"said Julie Lynch,director of market research for the SIA.

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