Colorado Ski Country early ski season visitation up 22 percent

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— Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials don’t divulge skier visits during the ski season. And with Steamboat’s parent company, Intrawest, planning to launch a stock offering and take the company public, their comments about business levels are more guarded than ever. However, Colorado Ski Country USA, which includes Steamboat among its 21 member resorts, said early season numbers for those 21 ski areas are up double digits.

Colorado Ski Country reported that for the period Oct. 13 through Dec. 31, its member resorts posted gains of 22 percent in skier visits in aggregate.

A scarcity of snow in the Sierras of California may be boosting Colorado’s numbers. Vail Resorts, which is not part of Colorado Ski Country, but is a publicly held company and obligated to post its results, said Northstar California, Heavenly and Kirkwood are down 23.4 percent. Vail’s Colorado resorts including Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone, along with the Canyons in Park City, Utah, are up a collective 7.4 percent year over year.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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