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NSAA: new record set with 61 million US skier visits in 2021-22 season

NASHVILLE — The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) reported at their annual convention on Friday that there was an all-time high of 61 million skier visits nationwide throughout the 2021-22 season.

It beats previous records set in 2010-11 (60.5 million) and 2007-08.

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Colorado Sun reporter Jason Blevins noted that those two seasons were about exceptional snow.

It was also reported that season pass holders accounted for 51.9% of skier visits. For the third season in a row, season passes surpassed day tickets in share of visitation. Day tickets accounted for 37.3% of visits.

The Rocky Mountain region (Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico) recorded the highest number of visits, at 25.2 million.

Two areas — Southeast and Pacific Northwest — reported decreases in skier visits from the previous season, the association said.

“This year, it wasn’t about record snow,” Blevins wrote on Twitter. “It was about passes & demand… a big deal for US resort industry.”

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