Colorado Ski Country USA, the trade group that represents 22 ski areas in Colorado, reports that its resorts had 6.9 million skier visits this season, up 2.6 percent from last season. The trend puts the state’s ski areas on track to pass the 12 million-skier mark, a number surpassed only three times previously, according to Colorado Ski Country USA.
Counting Vail Resorts’ numbers, Colorado Ski Country estimates as many as 12.2 million skiers might have made it to the state’s slopes this season. Vail Resorts, which withdrew from Colorado Ski Country in 2008, has four Colorado properties: Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge.
Much of the increase in Colorado ski visits is because of the great snowfall this season. It started early, with the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and continued throughout the season.