LAKE PLACID, NY (AP) – New York ski resorts hope to capitalize on a 2020-21 season that saw them supplant Vermont as the third largest ski and snowboard state in the country, behind Colorado and California.
The COVID-19 pandemic was seen as a significant factor as the appetite for outdoor recreation was strong. Additionally, Vermont’s strict quarantine rules for foreigners crossing the state border may have led more people to hit the slopes elsewhere.
These restrictions were lifted and the Albany Times-Union reported demand has been high for season passes in Vermont and New York. Some stations have already used up their packages.
“It’s an incredible success story, in the COVID cloud,” Scott Brandi, president of the I Ski NY trade group, told the newspaper.
New York received 4.2 million skiers last year, while Vermont hosted 3.5 million. Colorado leads the country with 12 million visits, followed by California with 6.75 million.
In New York City, the Belleayre Ski Resort in the Catskills recorded 160,988 visits in 2020-21, a peak in 11 years and more than 12,000 more visitors than in 2018-19, before the pandemic hit. Most ski resorts closed about 30 days earlier at the end of the 2019-20 season.