Colorado Announces Its End-of-Season Numbers
SAM Magazine--June 13, 2013--Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced today at its 50th Annual Meeting that statewide visits totaled an estimated 11,445,000 in 2012/13. This estimation shows Colorado being up 3.95 percent compared to the 2011/12 season. Colorado Ski Country’s 21 member resorts hosted an estimated 6.4 million visits during the 2012-13 ski season, and the balance of just over five million visits are attributable to Vail Resorts, who are not members of CSCUSA. The 6.4 million represents an increase of 3.8 percent, or approximately 235,000 skier visits, over the previous season. Colorado resorts bested the estimated 1.9 percent uptick in visits in the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S., while falling short of the national overall increase of 11 percent.
Once resorts recovered from an early season snow deficit, conditions greatly improved in January and February and carried the momentum of a rebound season. The major ski weekends, especially Martin Luther King and President’s Day, were all met with bumps in snow totals which helped drive visits and an uptick in revenue.
While recognizing skier/snowboarder visit numbers, and the emphasis resorts place on safety and skier responsibility, CSCUSA also reported on the number of fatalities. During the 2012/13 season, Colorado saw eight fatalities, a sharp downturn from the prior year. A skier fatality is when a skier or snowboarder dies due to trauma related injuries, within the resort boundary, during operating hours, on terrain that is open to the public.