Early season skier visits down at Colorado resorts

Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Colorado ski resorts are reporting a dip in early-season skier visits, after a dry autumn prompted some resorts to delay their seasons.

More snow did fall in time for the traditionally busy December holiday period though.

The trade group Colorado Ski Country USA said Friday that skier visits at its 21 member resorts through Dec. 31 were down 11.5 percent compared with the same period last season.

That figure doesn't include the four Colorado resorts run by Vail Resorts Inc., which has said skier visits at its seven resorts in Colorado and the Lake Tahoe area through Jan. 13 were up 2 percent from a comparable period last season. It didn't break down results for just its Colorado resorts, which haven't had as much snow.

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