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SAM Magazine--Hood River, Ore., June 14, 2004--The Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association (PNSAA) announced that the region is on track for its third best season ever with 4.71 million visits forecast. Washington state recorded 1.86 million and Oregon is projecting 1.63 million once the summer season ends.

PNSAA encompasses resorts in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska, which average 4.5 million visits annually. The 4.71 million visits were welcome after a disappointing 2002/2003 season which was plagued with lack of snow, resulting in a decline of 12.6 percent drop in visits.