According to Colorado Ski Country USA, a trade association representing 23 resorts across the state, visits to its member resorts were up 13% from the previous year, and nearly 12% above the five-year average.
“The 2018-19 season was one for the history books,” Colorado Ski Country USA President and CEO Melanie Mills said in a statement released last week. “Not only did the industry set a new statewide record for skier visits, but there were substantial investments in capital improvements across our member resorts and snowfall was plentiful across the entire state.”
CPW spokesperson Travis Duncan says there are nearly 8,000 more overnight stays reserved, compared to the same time last year.
Drought conditions and fire restrictions doused any hopes of recreational campfires at all but a few locations across the state last year, but Duncan points out that the wet start to 2019 may not be the only factor driving more people to hit the road with their tents and trailers.
“It’s tough to say if that’s attributable to campfires or last year’s drought conditions. We suspect a majority of our parks switching to the ‘reservation-only’ system during that time has had a beneficial effect on our camping rates,” said Duncan.