DENVER (AP) -- Weak snow dented skier visits to Colorado last winter.
The trade group Colorado Ski Country USA said Wednesday that according to preliminary figures, skier visits at its 22 member resorts this past winter fell 11.4 percent from the previous winter to 6.16 million. Including resorts owned by Vail Resorts Inc., there were an estimated 11 million skier visits in the state for the season. That's down 9.8 percent from the previous season.
Figures from the National Ski Areas Association show that nationally, skier visits dropped an estimated 15 percent.
Good snow last fall got Colorado's ski season started early. But Colorado Ski Country says precipitation on the Western Slope this winter ended up 43 percent below average, and March 2012 was the driest in Colorado in more than 100 years.