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Trade group: Colorado skier visits up slightly

Aspen Times staff
and The Associated Press

DENVER – A trade group says skier visits to Colorado ski resorts this season were up just under 1 percent from last season, while the Aspen Skiing Co. announced its skier visits were up 4.3 percent.

Consistent snowfall throughout the season, a strong January, a late surge in visits at the end of March and into April and strong pass use all contributed to the increase at Aspen-Snowmass, the Skico said.

Winter Park Resort officials said earlier this year that the 2009-10 season was comparable to the previous year, but they declined to release specific numbers.

Colorado Ski Country USA said Thursday that there were 11.86 million skier visits at all Colorado resorts this season, up 0.8 percent from last season. Those numbers include Vail Resorts Inc.’s four Colorado ski areas, even though the company doesn’t participate in the trade group.

Group President Melanie Mills said visits from international customers were up 6.5 percent, but visits from the Front Range were down from record levels last season. She didn’t release exact numbers.

Mills said she’s happy with the results given challenges in the travel industry.

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