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Ski industry group: visits up nationwide in 2009-10

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
In this Jan. 20, 2010 photo, skiers ride the lift at the Sugarbush ski resort in Warren, Vt. The Vermont Ski Areas Association is hopeful the just-ending ski season will surpass last year's 4 million skier visits. Despite warm weather at the beginning and end of the season, Vermont areas enjoyed good midwinter conditions and had strong showings on Christmas and New Year's, the Martin Luther King holiday and Presidents Week. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – A ski industry group’s preliminary report says visits to U.S. ski resorts rose 4.2 percent to 59.7 million last season.

The National Ski Areas Association said Tuesday that preliminary figures show the 2009-10 season was the second-best on record, after 60.5 million visits in the 2007-08 season.

A visit is one person skiing or snowboarding one day. The figures are based on the Kottke National End of Season Survey and will be updated in July.

Resorts in the northeast had a 2.7 percent decrease. Visits in all other regions increased by 3.2 to 7.2 percent.