Colorado ski resorts welcomed a record 12.6 million visitors during the 2013-2014 ski season as they recovered from two consecutive years of poor snowfall, the Colorado Ski Country USA trade group reports. The number of visits topped the previous record of 12.56 million visitors that the state’s 25 resorts attracted in 2006-07 and is up 10 percent from the 2012-13 season.
The high attendance is due to the huge increase in snowfall that resorts experienced. Snowfall totals were up 46 percent from 2012-13 and were just below the 10-year average for the state.
The skier numbers released by Colorado Ski Country are for all Colorado mountain resorts, including those operated by Vail Resorts Inc. that are not members of the trade group. Vail Resorts operates Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone ski areas. Colorado Ski Country member resorts alone saw 7.1 million skier visits during the 2013-14 season.
The record numbers come just two years after Colorado suffered through one of its worst seasons in history in 2011-12 — a season in which skier visits fell to their lowest numbers in 21 years because of near-record dry conditions.