Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced that statewide skier visits totaled an estimated 12.6 million during the 2013/14 ski season, making it the best season on record in the state. This is a 10 percent increase compared to last season and more than 8 percent compared to the five year average.
“Seeing our visitation punch through the 12.5 million level and best our prior mark demonstrates the vibrancy of Colorado’s ski industry and the passion of our resident and visiting skiers and snowboarders,” stated Melanie Mills, president & CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA. “With two consecutive years of growth, momentum is certainly in our favor as our resorts continue to set the industry standard in terms of snow quality, skier safety and guest service.”
CSCUSA’s 21 member resorts hosted an estimated 7.1 million skier visits during the 2013/14 ski season. Early season snowfall and snowmaking conditions in the fall prompted an October 13, 2013 opening for Colorado’s ski season. As snowfall continued, some resorts opened early and opened more terrain earlier than usual. Snowfall continued into spring and bolstered Easter visitation. Conditions allowed many resorts to extend their season or add additional weekends to their operating schedule.
Skier visits are the metric used to track participation in skiing and snowboarding. A skier visit represents a person participating in the sport of skiing and snowboarding for any part of one day at a mountain resort. These numbers are preliminary results and subject to final adjustments by CSCUSA members.