Skier visits to Utah down 6.5 percent this year
SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah ski industry group says there were 3.9 million visits to the state’s ski slopes last winter, down 6.5 percent from the record 4.2 million visits the year before.
Ski Utah said Wednesday that despite the drop in visits amid a global economic downturn, the number of skier visits was still the fourth best on record.
The only region of the country to see increased skier visits was the Southeast, which has the smallest share of the market. Resorts in the Rockies, the Pacific West and the Midwest saw declines in the 7 to 8 percent range. The Northeast was down about 2 percent.
Nationally, resorts near major cities such as Salt Lake City tended to fare better than destination resorts because of strong season pass sales.
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More base areas open means more space for guests to disperse upon, even if those base area openings don’t translate into more actual terrain openings.