Skier days in Colorado are up this year…way up. Colorado Ski Country USA released projections Thursday stating the 2018/2019 season will end with a record 13.8 million skier days — an increase of 13% over last year and nearly 12% above the five-year average. The Denver Post spoke with president and chief executive of Colorado Ski Country USA Melanie Mills about the historic season:

“The year really started off strong. We had good snow and we had snow early. We got off to a great start and it just continued. We had a steady diet of snow everywhere in the state, through the entire season, and there was a lot of enthusiasm. People were out skiing in large numbers everywhere in the state. Everybody did well.”

The key to the skier visits was consistent new snow throughout the season rather than dry spells then dumps:

“It wasn’t feast or famine, dry for two months and then you got a whole bunch of snow. It was just steady regular snow, week in and week out all season long.”

Don’t forget the season ain’t over yet. A-Basin will be spinning lifts on weekends at least through June 23 and Aspen Mountain will be open this weekend.  Cheers to an epic Colorado ski year!

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