June 7, 2012--Colorado resorts feel the pain of low-snow year (Summit Voice)

Skier visits at Colorado Ski Country USA resorts dropped by about 790,000 from last year, mainly because of sparse and inconsistent snowfall, according to industry leaders gathered for the trade group’s annual meeting. Early snow helped some resorts open ahead of schedule, but the heart of the winter was dry, and visitation dwindled, especially during the crucial spring season, when March was reported as one of the driest winter months on record. “Fortunately, seasons such as the one just ended have proved to be historically rare and the ski industry has exhibited a remarkable ability to bounce back after poor snow years in the past,” said CSCUSA president and CEO Melanie Mills. The organization’s member resorts tallied an estimated 6.16 million skier and snowboarder visits during the season, a drop of 11.4 percent from last season, which was the fourth-best on record. Compared to the five year average, CSCUSA member resort skier visits are down 11.9 percent. The decline interrupted the recovery resorts had been building since the 2008-2009 season.

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