While mid-Atlantic states such as Pennsylvania and even Maryland enjoyed a banner snow year this past season, Vermont ski areas were often left high and dry. Nonetheless, skiers and snowboarders did not desert the Green Mountain State. The Vermont Ski Areas Association announced Wednesday that the state’s ski resorts recorded 4,125,082 skier visits for the 2009-10 season, a 1.4 percent increase over the prior season.
“With below-average snowfall, below-average days of operation and an economy still struggling to pull out of a major recession, the season’s numbers are a true testament to the ski industry’s resiliency and its importance to Vermont’s economy,” said Parker Riehle, president of the Vermont Ski Areas Association.
In the West, Vail Resorts also reported its skier visit numbers on Wednesday. During the spring, the five ski areas, four in Colorado and one in the Lake Tahoe area, owned by Vail Resorts saw 4.6 percent more visitors than the previous spring. Colorado Ski Country USA, the trade association for the other Colorado ski areas, plans to release its numbers during its annual meeting later on Thursday.
(Photo courtesy of Stowe Mountain Resort)