As the ski season draws to a close, the California Ski Industry (which represents 28 ski resorts in California and Nevada) is expecting the number of skiers and snowboarders that visited their resorts to reach 7.5 million for the season.
That figure represents some great progress for the economy of the ski industry. The number doesn’t quite match up to the record-setting 8.2 million visits of the 2004-2005 season, but it is better than last year’s number of 6.7 million.
Bob Roberts, executive director of the California Ski Industry, said that “we’re going to lead the nation. All in all, because of the economy, it’s been a little bit softer than it would have been. The economy did have something of a stifling impact”.
Alpine Meadows spokeswoman Rachael Woods commented on this season: “Boy did ever snow. It was a fantastic season. We had phenomenal snow”. She went on to say that business at both Alpine Meadows and Homewood Mountain was up 20 percent this year.
Many California and Nevada ski resorts saw a great season this year. Andy Chapman, director of tourism for the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association summed it up. “I think everyone had a strong year. From what I’m hearing, it’s been one of the best winter seasons in a number of years”.