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Early season skier visits down at Colorado resorts

10:24 AM, Jan 21, 2013   |    comments
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More snow did fall in time for the traditionally busy December holiday period though.

The trade group Colorado Ski Country USA said Friday that skier visits at its 21 member resorts through Dec. 31 were down 11.5 percent compared with the same period last season.

That figure doesn't include the four Colorado resorts run by Vail Resorts Inc., which has said skier visits at its seven resorts in Colorado and the Lake Tahoe area through Jan. 13 were up 2 percent from a comparable period last season. It didn't break down results for just its Colorado resorts, which haven't had as much snow.

Winter Park also says it's having a good season.

"We haven't seen the dip...we've had a huge weekend," said Steven Hurlbert from Winter Park. "We are expecting more snow hopefully this week."

Hurlbert says the lack of snow has not stopped the crowds.

"Conditions have been good. It's almost like spring skiing," he said.

Jennifer Rudolph, the communications director for Colorado Ski Country USA, spoke to 9NEWS about the skier visits this season.

"MLK is definitely one of the more popular ski weekends," Rudolph said.

Rudolph says there are people up at the resorts, despite the lack of powder days.

"We are definitely encouraged by the bookings we're seeing for February and March," Rudolph said. "Colorado has one of the longest ski seasons, and we have a lot of skiing ahead of us still."

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