Colorado skier visits dip in January, February

Solid season so far but 'probably not one for the record books'

By Real Aspen
Real AspenMarch 18, 2011
Skier traffic in Colorado dipped slightly in the first two months of 2011 despite ample snowfall.

Season-to-date visitation, however, remains ahead of where it was at this point last year.
Skier visits so far are 3.4 percent ahead of 2010.

Colorado Ski Country USA reported today that its 22 member resorts saw their skier visits collectively slip .75 percent from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28 compared to the same period in 2010, but visits for the season as a whole so far are 3.4 percent ahead of last year's pace.

"Our season-to-date is the strongest the industry has seen since the 2007/08 season and the start of the economic recession,” Melanie Mills, president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA, said in a prepared statement. “Eager skiers and riders took to the slopes right from the start of the season, and continue to take advantage of the near record snowfall at many resorts. It’s that dedication to the sport and loyalty guests have for Colorado’s resorts that has us on track for a solid season, albeit probably not one for the record books.”

A few unusually cold weekends, pass closures, a rock slide that blocked U.S. 50 for an extended period and ongoing congestion and delays on Interstate 70 were cited as potential factors that may have dampened the enthusiasm for Colorado skiing in January and February.

Snow conditions have been good in the state but resorts elsewhere in the United States also reported better-than-average conditions that may have kept some skiers closer to home.

"With more than two months left in Colorado’s ski season, CSCUSA resorts are pleased with their snow conditions and are expecting a busy spring with March in particular looking strong," the trade group said.

Colorado Ski Country USA includes Aspen, Buttermilk, Highlands, Snowmass, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Howelson, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Purgatory, Silverton, Ski Cooper, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park and Wolf Creek. It does not include Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge or Keystone.

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