DENVER - Colorado Ski Country USA is reporting a record number of skier visits for the 2013/14 ski season.
CSCUSA officials are estimating skiers visited Colorado slopes 12.6 million times, an increase of more than 10 percent compared to last season.
"Seeing our visitation punch through the 12.5 million level and best our prior mark demonstrates the vibrancy of Colorado’s ski industry and the passion of our resident and visiting skiers and snowboarders,” stated Melanie Mills, president & CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA.
Officials said early season snowfall and good snowmaking conditions in the fall helped several resorts open earlier than planned and open more terrain earlier than usual.
Mills said that helped officials get the word out and set up, "a robust holiday visitation period."
Late season snowfall helped several resorts extend their season or add additional weekends, Mills said.
"Overall it was a very positive season, we’re encouraged by the numbers and are hopeful this momentum continues,” said Mills.
Note, a skier visit represents a person participating in the sport of skiing or snowboarding for any part of one day at a mountain resort., according to Colorado Ski County USA.