Colorado Skier Visits Down

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced a 4.5 percent drop in the state’s 1999/00 skier visit numbers. However, Colorado still captured more than twenty percent of the national skier market. Hardest hit were the destination resorts¿Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Crested Butte, Cuchara, Monarch, Powderhorn, Purgatory (now Durango), Snowmass, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, and Wolf Creek¿which posted an 8.83 percent decline in visits (34 percent of total visits in Colorado), mainly due to poor snow conditions early in the season and the Y2K paranoia.

Front-range resorts¿Berthoud, Eldora, Loveland, and Ski Cooper¿were up 8.86 percent, and represent five percent of total state visits. However, front-range destination resorts¿Arapahoe Basin, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Copper, Keystone, Silver Creek, Vail, and Winter Park¿dropped 2.86 percent, and captured 61 percent of Colorado’s total visits.

While lack of snow in the early season was blamed for much of the decline, the 218 inches of snowfall that fell later in the season was actually higher than the 1998/99 and 1997/98 seasons.