One of the leading economic drivers in Colorado is the sport of skiing reports a new study completed by Vail Resorts and Colorado Ski Country. The last time such a report was completed was a decade ago and at that time the ski industry accounted for $2.5 billion. The newest study shows that skiing creates $4.8 billion in what the Denver Post refers to as “economic activity” for the state of Colorado.
“This report confirms the importance of the ski industry to Colorado, both as an economic driver and a globally recognized symbol of our state.”– Melanie Mills, Colorado Ski Country President
Along with that activity, the ski industry in Colorado currently employees 46,000 people throughout the state. Whether that be in rentals, serving food, or operations, Colorado’s unemployment rate would skyrocket if the snow suddenly disappeared.
And it’s not just the tourists bringing in the big bucks…
According to the study, 500,000 Colorado residents went skiing during the 2013/2014 season, which amounted to 5.6 million skier visits. The 2013/2014 season broke the record for skier visits at a total of 12.6 million!
Read the Entire Denver Post Article Here: Skiers’ economic impact in Colorado adds up to $4.8 billion