Skier Visits to Vermont Ski Resorts Very Strong for the 2008-09 Winter Season

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on June 11, 2009 10:04 am

4,068,696.

That is the number of skier visits to Vermont ski resorts for the 2008-09 winter season.  A big number to be celebrated as the four-million-plus number is consistent with the five-year average.

Parker Riehle, President of the Vermont Ski Areas Association (VSAA), was understandably stoked.  “Skiing and snowboarding are lifestyle sports that have historically proven to be recession-resilient, and this season was no different. With the tight economy, skiers and riders stayed closer to home and Vermont’s winter tourism economy benefited from our day’s-drive proximity to 80 million people coupled with our unique and unrivaled mountain brand identity.”

Riehle made his comments at the annual meeting of the VSAA.  The industry throw-down also celebrated the Green Mountain State’s unprecedented eight awards at the National Ski Areas Association gathering in Marco Island, Florida this past May.

“The environmental excellence awards earned by Stowe, Stratton and Okemo, the marketing awards won by Jay Peak, Mad River Glen and Sugarbush, the helmet safety award given to Okemo and the NSAA Lifetime Achievement Award presented to industry icon Hank Lunde are an incredible testament to Vermont’s role in the ski industry and our state’s contributions to developing and promoting the sport,” said Riehle.

Vermont, no doubt, means ski history.

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