Western mountain resorts have reason to anticipate a great ski season, given strong tourist activity in August. The latest data released by Denver’s DestiMetrics show that the lodges surveyed at 17 mountain resorts in five states hosted 5.5 percent more vacationers in August compared with the same month in 2012. August was just the last of the summer months that saw record-setting occupancy across the West. July occupancy at the 17 mountain communities climbed 5 percent, and revenue was up 10 percent, compared with July 2012. June-through-August occupancy even surpassed pre-recession figures.
And the trend appears to be extending into winter. Bookings for the next six months are up 9 percent for vacations in September through February, compared with the same period a year ago. Late spring snowfalls early this year, coupled with the recent deluge of rain in September have many hoping for deep snow levels this season.