Colorado skier visits up slightly, Aspen up 4.3 percent |

Colorado skier visits up slightly, Aspen up 4.3 percent

Aspen Times staff
and The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
An eager crowd gathered Saturday morning, Feb. 20, at the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain, where 8 inches of fresh snow graced the slopes. The next day, the mountain reported 9 inches of new snow, followed by another 11 inches in the morning report on Monday, Feb. 22.

DENVER – A trade group says skier visits to Colorado ski resorts this season were up just under 1 percent from last season, while the Aspen Skiing Co. announced its skier visits were up 4.3 percent.

Consistent snowfall throughout the season, a strong January, a late surge in visits at the end of March and into April and strong pass use all contributed to the increase at Aspen-Snowmass, the Skico said.

“The increase in visits is a testament to the hard work of everyone in this community,” said David Perry, Skico senior vice president, in a press release. “It proves once again that customer service, a superior product and hard work pays off. We still have a long way to go to dig out of this recession, but it is encouraging to see improvement over last year.”

Colorado Ski Country USA said Thursday that there were 11.86 million skier visits at all Colorado resorts this season, up 0.8 percent from last season. Those numbers include Vail Resorts Inc.’s four Colorado ski areas, even though the company doesn’t participate in the trade group.

Group President Melanie Mills said visits from international customers were up 6.5 percent, but visits from the Front Range were down from record levels last season. She didn’t release exact numbers.

Mills said she’s happy with the results given challenges in the travel industry.

For more on Thursday’s announcement, and skier numbers at Aspen-Snowmass, see Friday’s Aspen Times.

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