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The 2008 - 2009 Season (U.S)

post #1 of 11
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Just reading that a little over 60 million lift tickets were issued last year, an increase of 10% from the year before (source: Conde Nast). If you were to venture a guess about the current ski season, do you think the number will be up or down from that total?
post #2 of 11
I would venture that they will go down this year...
post #3 of 11
With the world global crisis, I'd wager less.
post #4 of 11
Probably down overall, but local hills may see an increase as people cut down on their trips to destination resorts.
post #5 of 11
I ski at a commuter area, not a destination area. With the price of gasoline at a buck seventy-five for the two-hour drive, that'll help lots of folks somewhat. Ticket prices are up only $3 to $60, so that won't hurt much. IF WE EVER GET ENOUGH SNOW TO OPEN, and that might be this weekend for a limited opening, things will probably be OK. Kid's multi-week sign ups are starting off with good volume. Skiers have money...it isn't a cheap sport...and most of them still have enough money for a lift ticket and a burrito. Destination areas and condo rentals...not so good. Be glad you aren't a condo owner depending on the rental income to pay the mortgage and fees.
post #6 of 11
I definitely think they'll be down significantly, especially at destination resorts. With the economy tanking, expensive trips to expensive resorts seems like one of the first places to cut back. Also, this year has been a very slow start (at least here in UT)--some resorts aren't even open and others are just hanging on by a run or two. I'd imagine they're well off pace already.

Also, don't forget that last season was record-breaking at resorts all around the US. It was pretty epic, and pretty rare. I don't expect quite the same help from Mother Nature.
post #7 of 11
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last season was record-breaking at resorts all around the US. It was pretty epic, and pretty rare.
Clearly among top 3 of the past 30+ years. Kottke data over similar time frame shows skier visits are more sensitive to weather/snow than the economy. So visits will likely be down if the season is more average, but be blamed on the economy. If visits are <55M with average or better snow, or if the destination places are down much more than the local places, then it's the economy.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

So, does anybody know how the season is faring so far?  Anyone got any projections on where the numbers will fall? <55M?  <50M?

 

Have heard that MT snowfall is behind this year (just anecdotal, not quoting any numbers here).  Copper has had some nice snow recently, but Tucker opened rather late this year. 

post #9 of 11

I update this page every 2 weeks or so.  http://bestsnow.net/seas09.htm  A new one will be up later tonight.

 

Colorado has been good since mid-December, and that's a big share of skier visits.  Utah is good also and the Northeast above average.  Tahoe and PNW started slow.  Western Canada is well below average, so some of that carries over to Montana.

 

If Colorado visits end up down significantly, I would attribute that to the economy.

post #10 of 11

That's a great site!!!

post #11 of 11

I agree great site.!

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