Colorado skier visits take big dip in 2011-2012 season

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BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado ski resorts experienced an 11.4-percent decrease in skier visits in the 2011-2012 winter season, Colorado Ski Country USA announced Wednesday.

Compared to the five year average, skier visits are down 11.9%

The decrease can be linked to this past season being Colorado’s third driest winter on record dating back to 1895.

”Precipitation on the Western Slope this winter was 43 percent below average, and down every month of the winter. In Colorado overall, March 2012 was the driest in more than 100 years, and we experienced the second warmest March on record,” said Jenn Rudolph with CSCUSA.

The 22 member resorts in Colorado hosted an estimated 6.16 million skiers in the 2011-2012 season, which is a nearly 800,000 person drop from the previous season, the fourth best on record.  

On a national level, skier visits overall are down at an estimated 15.7-percent, according to CSCUSA.

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