Colorado’s 2009-10 skier-visit numbers looked like the eastern part of the state– basically flat. Colorado Ski Country USA, the state’s ski-area trade association, released totals Friday that showed about 11.86 million skier visits, an increase of just 0.8 percent. Those numbers are compiled from all of the state’s ski areas including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone, the four resorts in Colorado owned by Vail Resorts, no longer a member of the association.
Counting only the 22 member resorts of Colorado Ski Country USA, the results showed 6.74 milion visits, an increase of about 29,000 visits or just 0.4 percent from last season. The trade group held its annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in downtown Denver on Thursday.
Even though the economic outlook may have brightened slightly from the 2008-09 season, snow conditions generally trump economic factors for skiers. Colorado’s rough snow year, particularly in the early season, may have prevented a bigger gain.
(Photo courtesy of Eric Wagnon)