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Colorado resorts smash previous record for skier visits this season

Ed Sealover
Colorado resorts smash previous record for skier visits this season

Colorado’s skiing sector recovered from two down years by shredding past skier-visitation records this season, drawing 13.8 million daily visitors to the state’s slopes through a combination of good snow, increasing resort investment and growing enthusiasm among the sport’s participants that spread the economic success across resorts large and small. Colorado Ski Country USA President/CEO Melanie Mills announced the numbers at her organization’s annual meeting Thursday at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek, combining preliminary figures from the 23 CSCUSA resorts with estimates of visits to the state’s five non-member resorts, each of which are owned and operated by Vail Resorts Inc. (NYSE: MTN). Mills attributed the record season — which is ongoing, as both Aspen and Arapahoe Basin remain open to skiers on weekends — largely to great snow that Colorado resorts received from October through May. Though it was not a record snow dump — despite the fact that the state is experiencing record snow pack this late in the season — the powder fell from the sky throughout the season and throughout the state, giving consistent conditions for visitors to enjoy.