Local skier visits up 3.3 percent | AspenTimes.com

Local skier visits up 3.3 percent

Skier/snowboarder numbers on local slopes last winter were up 3.3 percent compared to the prior season, according to figures released today by the Aspen Skiing Co.

The increase includes a 5.6 percent hike in destination business, comprised primarily of visitors from outside Colorado or outside the country.

Aspen/Snowmass recorded more than 1.36 million total skier/snowboarder visits during the 2004-05 season; it was the third consecutive season of growth, according to the Skico.

“We are very pleased to see such strong increases in destination business,” said David Perry, Skico senior vice president, in a press release. “This is the third consecutive year of growth and we are up nearly eight percent over the 2001-2002 season.”

Skier visits to the four local ski areas break down this way: Snowmass ” 747,303; Aspen Mountain ” 304,497; Aspen Highlands ” 167,390; and Buttermilk ” 148,017.

A skier/snowboarder visit is defined as one person visiting a ski area for all or any part of a day.

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