Sun Valley skier numbers up from last season
SUN VALLEY, Idaho – Skier numbers at Bald and Dollar mountains in central Idaho are on track to exceed the dismal numbers from last season, a resort official says.
Director of Public Relations Jack Sibbach said it looks like about 400,000 skiers and snowboarders will have visited the mountains during the season. The season is scheduled to close April 4 at Dollar Mountain and April 18 at Bald Mountain.
That surpasses the 2008-2009 season that saw 331,239 visitors. That was the lowest count since 1990-1991, when 236,627 people visited the mountain.
It’s also the 12th worst since the resort started counting skiers in 1971.
The average number of skiers each year through 2009 per season is 357,107.
Sibbach said this ski season is on track to have 143 days, 19 more than last year. He said a better picture of the season will happen when the average number of skiers per day is calculated when the season ends.
Michael Berry, president of the Colorado-based National Ski Areas Association, said a ski season’s success typically depends on snowfall, even during a recession.
“The economy is out of the equation to some extent,” Berry told the Idaho Mountain Express. “It’s about what it has always been about. If the snow is good, people are coming.”
He predicts that about 58 million skiers and snowboarders will have visited the 320 American alpine resorts that belong to the association by the time the season ends. He said that would make the 2009-2010 the third best in the last 25 years.
“Taking a macro look, it has been a great year overall,” he said.
Information from: Idaho Mountain Express, http://www.mtexpress.com