FRISCO — Visits to all Colorado ski areas recovered from another slow start, reversed last season’s downhill slide and rebounded 3.95 percent to pass last winter’s totals, according to figures released this week by Colorado Ski Country USA. Visits to all Colorado resorts totaled 11.44 million during the winter of 2012-2013.
For the 21 areas that are members of CSCUSA, visits totaled 6.4 million, up about 3.8 percent (about 235,000 skier visits) from the previous season.
Ski resort trade group reports early season double-digit drop for the second year in a row
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — For the second year in a row, Colorado ski areas were hit hard by a lack of early season snow, as skier visits dipped 11.5 percent for the period spanning opening day to Dec. 31. Last winter, the state’s ski resort association reported that visits dropped 10 percent from the year before that.
Variable snow conditions and some late openings were factors in the decline, according to Colorado Ski Country USA president and CEO Melanie Mills.
“First period is largely fueled by in-state visitors, and an unseasonably warm October and November kept many Coloradans from tallying lots of ski days,” Mills said. “Snow did not arrive in earnest until mid-December, but when it came, it was in time for in-state and out-of-state guests to enjoy wonderful wintery holidays at resorts.” Continue reading “Colorado skier visits take another big hit”→
Visits at Colorado Ski Country USA resorts drop by 790,000 from last season during dry winter
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Skier visits at Colorado Ski Country USA resorts dropped by about 790,000 from last year, mainly because of sparse and inconsistent snowfall, according to industry leaders gathered for the trade group’s annual meeting.
Early snow helped some resorts open ahead of schedule, but the heart of the winter was dry, and visitation dwindled, especially during the crucial spring season, when March was reported as one of the driest winter months on record.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Early season skier visits in Colorado are down about 10 percent from last winter, the state’s 22-member trade association reported this week, attributing the drop to variable snow conditions.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado’s ski areas reported a robust start to the season, with the 22 members of Colorado Ski Country USA tallying a 10 percent increase in skier visits for the early season period, from opening day (Oct. 24) through Dec. 31.
The tally doesn’t include visits at Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge and Beaver Creek, which together account for a significant percentage of the state’s ski business. According to this Jan. 10 press release from Vail Resorts, the company also saw skier visits rise about 10 percent from last season, through Jan. 6.
Last winter, the state’s ski trade group reported a 1 percent increase from the previous season. Last winter’s ski season started earlier after big snows in October, but snowfall fizzled out during prime-time.
“Consistent snow and reliable conditions contributed to a very positive start to the season,” said Melanie Mills, president & CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA. “There is a lot of ski season left but we’ve set a good pace, have great snow conditions and hope the momentum continues.”
Abundant early season snow across much of the state allowed many resorts to open with more terrain and lifts than is typically offered on an opening day or even in the early season. The variety of terrain available by November, along with heavy November snow, helped get the word out and drive visitation to resorts around the Thanksgiving holiday. However, in few parts of the state, drier conditions brought challenges to some resorts which saw later opening dates than normal.