Lower snow dampens visits to Colorado ski resorts | AspenTimes.com

Lower snow dampens visits to Colorado ski resorts

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER – Will recent snowstorms mean better business for Colorado ski resorts?

The trade group Colorado Ski Country USA says skier visits at its 22 member resorts through Dec. 31 are down 10.65 percent from the same period last year. That doesn’t include visits to ski areas owned by Vail Resorts Inc., which has said early-season visits to its four Colorado resorts and two in the Lake Tahoe area are down 15.3 percent overall from last year.

Colorado Ski County USA CEO Melanie Mills says early-season storms allowed some resorts to open earlier than planned last fall, but in-state skiers stayed away from some Colorado resorts when snow was inconsistent in November and December.

There has been more snow this week, and just about every ski area reported new snow Sunday.

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