Second-busiest ski season ever? |

Second-busiest ski season ever?

Dominique Taylor/Vail Daily file photoChristina Campbell, left, makes a powder turn through the trees followed by her friend, Colin Leonard, right, on Vail on Mountain in March

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – A ski industry group’s preliminary report says visits to U.S. ski resorts rose 4.2 percent to 59.7 million last season.

The National Ski Areas Association said Tuesday that preliminary figures show the 2009-10 season was the second-best on record, after 60.5 million visits in the 2007-08 season.

A visit is one person skiing or snowboarding one day. The figures are based on the Kottke National End of Season Survey and will be updated in July.

Resorts in the northeast had a 2.7 percent decrease. Visits in all other regions increased by 3.2 to 7.2 percent.

Vail Resorts reported a 2.3 percent increase in visits to its five ski mountains. It hasn’t yet released numbers for its individual resorts, which include Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge in Colorado, and Heavenly in California.


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