California Resort Visits Plunged in 2006-07

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07/11/2007

SAM Magazine-San Francisco, Calif., July 11, 2007-The California Ski Industry Association reports that California resorts hosted 6.2 million visits last winter, a drop of more than 20 percent from the 7.8 million skier visits the areas recorded in the 2005-06 season. The state has averaged 7.3 million visits over the past ten years.

"The culprit, as has been well chronicled, was disastrous weather," says Bob Roberts, California Ski Industry Association executive director. From Lake Tahoe in the north to Mammoth Mountain in the central part of the state and the ski areas in the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles, ski resorts struggled through an abnormally warm and dry winter.

Despite the drop in visits, California remained the second most-visited ski state in the nation, lagging only behind Colorado.