Last winter was a record-breaking season for the ski industry, which reported 61 million skier visits over the course of 2021-22.
Well, that was nothing.
The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) released preliminary numbers this week that reported a whopping 64.7 million skier visits over the course of the 2022-23 skiing and riding season, a 6.6 percent increase over the previous record campaign.
NSAA divides the country into six regions. While both the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest regions experienced record-high visitation this past season, the Southeast and Midwest reported decreases, due in large part to a lack of natural snow. Elsewhere, that wasn’t as much of an issue. Average snowfall at ski areas nationally totaled 224 inches, a 30 percent increase over the 10-year average of 173 inches. As a result, the average length of season was 116 days, an increase of six days over the previous season.