Colorado Ski Country projects skier visitation record for 21/22 ski season

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DENVER, CO – June 9, 2022 – Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) today announced at its 59th Annual Meeting that skier visits to its 22 member ski resorts increased 14% during the ski season 2021-22. CSCUSA is forecasting a new record for statewide skier visits, surpassing the previous record of 13.8 million visits in 2018-19 by a few hundred thousand. Skier visits during the 2020-21 season totaled 12 million.

Colorado got off to a slow start to winter, with many resorts not receiving significant snowfall until mid-December, forcing several resorts to push back their opening dates. Once the resorts opened, their crews were hit by the Omicron variant of COVID-19, leading to staffing issues just as skiers and snowboarders were arriving for the holidays. Snow totals increased in the second half of the season. A busy February and snowy March and April brought a welcome change of pace from the early winter months. Spring saw the return of live music, pond splashing and goggle tanning as skiers showed up in force to celebrate the return of après ski.

“Despite the challenges our mountains faced at the start of the season, we are pleased to report that our business has recovered from the worst impacts of the pandemic,” said CSCUSA President and CEO Melanie. Mills. “This winter’s visitation has had a positive economic impact in our communities and in our state, while bringing with it challenges that come with increased visitation,” Mills continued. “For this level of growth to occur despite a dry start to the season and very limited return of international skiers, is a true credit to the hard work of the CSCUSA resort teams and the warm hospitality of our mountain resort communities. .”

The reason skiers and snowboarders from around the world come to Colorado every year is for the great snow, the unbeatable mountains, and most importantly, the world-class hospitality offered by Colorado people on and off the mountain. CSCUSA recognizes and thanks everyone in our state who helps make Colorado a world-class destination for skiing and snowboarding.

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