Mt. Rose, NV and Lake Tahoe from the air. photo: skilaketahoe.com
In 2004/5, the 7 ski resorts in the Ski Lake Tahoe “Association” (Alpine, Heavenly, Mt. Rose, Kirkwood, Squaw, Northstar, Sierra) reported their all time highest amount of Skier Visits (sorry, I can’t find the exact number of skier visits).
This year, 2010/11, those same Ski Lake Tahoe resorts are reporting their second highest amount of Skier Visits at over 3.6 million.
This is interesting news considering that overall California ski resort skier visits were down 12% this year, 2010/11. Check out our article on this: CA Ski Resort Numbers Down 12% & LakeTahoeNews.com’s article.
According to Ski Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe skier visits are up for a seconds straight season and Tahoe’s skier visitation outdid the percentage growth at USA ski resorts by more than four times the national average this year (2010/11).
Nationally the USA’s best ski season was 2008/9 with 60.5 Million skier visits.
Bogus Basin, CO. photo: wwp.greenwichmeantime.com
This year wasn’t much worse and is going down as the second best season ever according to the National Ski Area Association at 60.1 Million skier visits.
The rise in skier visits in attributed to big snow years all over the USA, the length of the ski season, as well as a multitude of new infrastructure at American ski resorts this year.
Snowfall was up 27% this year at American ski resorts and was the highest amount of snow recored in 20 years according to the Kottke End of Season Survey.
By Region, the USA’s snowfall looked like this:
Southwest (up 43 percent), Northeast (up 37 percent), Rocky Mountains (up 31 percent), and Midwest (up 26 percent), and to a lesser extent the Pacific Northwest (up 9 percent). The Southeast was the only region with a decline in snowfall (down 42 percent). –NSSA.org