According to an announcement last week by the National Ski Areas Association, skier visits across America dropped 2.8 percent during the 2017-2018 season. That’s estimated at a decrease of 1.5 million skier visits. The Rocky Mountains were among the regions hit the hardest, with a 5% decrease in skier visits during the same time frame, a loss of approximately 1 million skier visits. In this instance, “skier” visits applies to anyone accessing the mountain, not just those on skis.
The Pacific Coast also suffered, with some areas down up to 14%. Two regions actually increased their skier visit numbers, including the Midwest, which jumped a whooping 17%, and the Southeast, which jumped 3.6%.
Some people are blaming the lack of snow across the Rockies for the dip, while others point to increasing lift ticket costs at major resorts. What do you think the cause might be?
NOTE: We’re still waiting on Colorado-specific numbers, which should come out later this summer.
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