you're definitely right...a broad generalization about the decline of the industry can't be demonstrated with 2 years of data. i simply provided those figures because i happened to have them right in front of me. but i do know that our numbers are down over the last 30 to 40 years (relatively speaking). the resort has grown in that time and so have our numbers, but the reality is that profits are down big time. factor in a short ski season (and if global warming trends continue it will only get shorter) and you have yourself a recipe for chapter 11.
that being said, winter resorts are not entirely doomed if they are able to shift their facilities to accommodate other activities. taos is going to be opening their mountain bike trails this year as a summer activity, which will hopefully generate some much needed income to support the business. zip-lines and tubing hills are other examples of how winter resorts are expanding to accommodate a wider range of guests (often at a fraction of the price of what a full day lift ticket costs).
and to answer your question, we are open until the 8th of april. i don't think that the difference in this years and last years numbers will be made up in that time but you never know. next week is mexican spring break so hopefully they bring mucho dinero.