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Skier visits up for Colorado resorts

Staff report

A lack of snow during February didn’t derail the 21 member resorts in Colorado Ski Country USA from logging an increase in skier visits during the middle of the season.

Colorado Ski Country announced Tuesday that skier visits from Jan. 1 through Feb. 29 were up 3.8 percent for its 21 members, including the four ski areas of Aspen Skiing Co., compared to the same period last season.

For the season, Colorado Ski Country reported skier visits are up 6.2 percent compared to last season. Many resorts, including Aspen Mountain, opened early because of ample early snow.

Aspen Skiing Co.’s skier visits weren’t immediately available.

After a big storm Jan. 30 through Feb. 3, the tap got turned off in the high country — until last night. Snowfall on Skico’s four mountains was 63 to 76 percent of average during February, the company reported.

Colorado Ski Country President and CEO Melanie Mills said resorts received just enough snow to maintain “fantastic” early season conditions.

“We’re very pleased with the way the season is shaping up,” Mills said in a statement. “While we would’ve liked to have seen more significant storms come through Colorado in January and February, the weather pattern was not unexpected given that this is an El Niño year. Resorts received enough snow to hold up their fantastic early season conditions and guests have been enjoying the sunny days and mild temperatures just the same.”

This story will be updated.

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