The Aspen Skiing Co.’s skier and rider visits were up “slightly” last winter compared to the season before, Skico Senior Vice President David Perry told the Pitkin County commissioners Tuesday. Though SkiCo hasn’t released the percentage gain yet, the heavy snowfalls from Thanksgibing through Easter are credited with the gain.
Destination business — from customers taking overnight stays in Aspen and Snowmass Village — was roughly equal to the prior season, Perry said.
Ski areas in just about every region of the country benefited from a snowy winter. The southeast was the only region with less snowfall than average, according to NSAA. As a result, resorts had a longer operating season than average, either by opening earlier, closing later than scheduled, or both. See Good Season for Colo. Ski Areas.
But the snowfall in California may have been too much of a good thing. “Epic” snow levels impacted business, particularly since so many storms came on weekends and paralyzed travel.