Skiers flocked by the millions to Colorado ski resorts during the 2015-16 season, topping 13 million visitors for the first time in history.
Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced that its 21 participating resorts hosted 7.4 million visitors, up from 7.1 million last year— a five percent increase and a new record for CSCUSA resorts.
“Our savvy in-state skiers took advantage of the best early season conditions Colorado had in recent memory,” said Melanie Mills, president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA, in CSCUSA’s press release.
Additionally, Vail Resorts' Colorado ski areas, which are not included in the CSCUSA tally, also exceeded last year's tally, further helping the state's thriving ski industry blow past its 12.6 million visitor high-mark from last year.
Colorado broke its visitor record last year because California ski areas suffered from the drought, but this year, California and Utah also saw successful seasons. Utah hosted a record 4.5 million visits, up nearly five percent from the previous record, set in 2007-08. Nationally, skier visits climbed to 53.9 million, up a half percent from the previous season, according to the National Ski Areas Association's annual survey.
These statistics are great for the ski industry, and for the editors of Skiing Magazine, who will use the crowds as an excuse to hereby take ski-season Mondays off.