Most of Colorado's ski areas saw skier visits drop slightly from last season, according to recent releases from a state ski trade group and from Vail Resorts.
State ski group, Vail Resorts both report modest decreases in skier numbers, but Breckenridge bucks the trend with a healthy 4.7 percent increase; VR says planned capital improvements include an alpine coaster ride in Breckenridge
SUMMIT COUNTY — Patchy snowfall across Colorado may have been one of the key factors causing a small dip in skier visits the past few months, according to Colorado Ski Country USA, the state’s ski area trade group.
For the season’s second reporting period, covering January and February, skier visits were down 4 percent from 2009, said Melanie Mills, president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country, which represents 22 ski ski resorts in Colorado.
“Snow conditions are the biggest driver of visitation,” Mills said. “So where conditions were dry during some important mid-season weeks, we saw a sizeable drop in visits. The combination of snow, when it arrived, and a smorgasbord of great deals really boosted visits in February.”
Vail Resorts, which owns the state’s four biggest ski areas, is not part of the group.
Vail released skier totals a day earlier, reporting that visits at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone dropped 1.6 percent from a year ago for the company’s second fiscal quarter, Nov. 1 2009 – Jan. 31, 2010. (more…)
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