Although lack of snow caused no ski areas in the Northeast to open until after Thanksgiving this season, the Vermont Ski Areas Association is still hopeful that the final number of skier visits in Vermont for the year will reach over 4 million!
This would be the second year in a row this number is reached. Last year, Vermont’s 20 ski areas garnered 4,068,698 visits.
If a similar number is reached this year, it will be all the more impressive considering there weren’t that many significant snowstorms in the state this year. Parker Riehle, president of the Vermont Ski Areas Association, said “at this point, we do remain optimistic that we could well come in ahead of last year. Even though we didn’t have that many big ticket snowstorms here in Vermont, what we did find were that the temperatures really remained very favorable in the mountains. We really didn’t have too many wild temperature swings.”
Riehle added the big snow in metropolitan areas helped the cause. “Those are the folks that got all of the snowstorms that didn’t quite get up to Vermont,” he said, “but with every one of those snowstorms came another reminder of winter being in full swing and get up to Vermont for a weekend skiing getaway.”
The ski association will release the numbers of skier visit totals at the annual meeting in June at Stratton Mountain Resort.