Mike Kaplan and the Aspen ski resort entourage were rejoicing this week as the skier visits from the 2009/2010 were up 4.3% from the 2008/2009 ski season. Citing a big January as well as the banzai late March and early April storms as the catalyst, Aspen’s news comes on the heals of Vail’s news of yesterday in which every ski number was up. (check out all the Wally George comments at the bottom of the story)
In light of the fact that the early Colorado snow was pretty weenie, we at The Ski Channel are pretty bullish on the big Disneyland ski resort model right now. Granted the Aspen management team is at the top of talent pool, but the fact that they upped their numbers by a healthy single digit when skiers were supposed to be skiing locally and Aspen is not exactly like getting to Winter Park from Denver is pretty freakin impressive.
“The increase in skier visits is a testament to the hard work of everyone in the community,” said Aspen Skiing Company Senior Vice President David Perry. “It proves again that customer service, a superior product and hard work pays off.”
The Aspen Skiing Company operates Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk and is home to snowboard star Gretchen Bleiler, Big Mountain ski legend Chris Davenport as well as rock star John Oates who is an expert telemark skier.