Skiing in US down 5 percent this year |

Skiing in US down 5 percent this year

PORTLAND, Maine, Colorado ” Preliminary figures show U.S. skier visits during the past winter dropped more than 5 percent from the record visits posted the year before.

Visits fell from more than 60 million to 57 million.

The National Ski Areas Association said Friday it could’ve been worse without favorable weather in most parts of the country that helped offset the slumping economy.

Officials say those suffering the most from the economic meltdown were destination resorts, many of which reported fewer overnight visits and shorter stays. By contrast, many day-ski areas near large cities benefited from skiers who chose to ski closer to home.

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The announcement noted that the season was the fifth-best on record and the skier-visit total was 400,000 above the 10-year average.

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