Colorado on pace for record skiers
VAIL ” The state’s ski resorts remain on pace to set a record for visits this season.
There were more than 5.2 million skier and snowboarder visits to Colorado resorts in January and February, the most ever during the first two months of the year, according Colorado Ski Country USA, an industry advocacy group.
The total was 230,000 visits hired than the previous record, set during the 2003-04 ski season. A “skier visit” represents one person skiing or snowboarding for any part of one day at a mountain resort.
“It’s been a season of which all of Colorado can be proud,” said Rob Perlman, ski country’s chief executive. “The snow is the best it’s been in 20 years and the resorts have done a phenomenal job delivering that message around the globe.”
The resorts are aiming for a seasonal record of more than 12 million skiers and snowboarders, Perlman said.
Visits have increased 7 percent this year at the resorts which the company groups with Vail and Beaver Creek.
“Colorado’s momentum has been steadily increasing over the last several seasons. In looking at the numbers, we’re seeing several trends that favor Colorado,” Perlman said.
Last season, Colorado’s resorts saw approximately 11.81 million skier visits, representing more than 21 percent of the nation’s 57.6 million skier visits.