Colorado ’10/11 Riding/Lodging Numbers Climb

Photo courtesy of Colorado Ski Country USA
Photo courtesy of Colorado Ski Country USA

The number of riders and skiers shredding Colorado Mountains this winter likely topped 12 million for the first time since the 2007-2008 season, the Colorado Ski Country USA said. The season also ended in a 5.3 percent increase in occupancy, compared to last season.

The number of visits to Colorado Ski Country’s 22 member resorts was up 2.6 percent from last season, reaching an estimated 6.9, the group also said.

These numbers do not include the four resorts run by Vail Resorts Inc., which should release quarterly results soon. However, the company has said that its visits to its six resorts were up 3.9 percent from last season.

In addition, the season ended with a 5.3 percent increase in occupancy compared to last season, according to the Mountain Travel Research Program. Results were obtained from the Reservations Activity Outlook report that collects lodging data from the major Colorado resorts including the Vail Resorts.

The average daily rate among participating resorts was up 1.6 percent and increases in both occupancy and nightly rate combined for a 7.0 percent increase in the Revenue Per Available Room.

And the season is not over, Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin still has at least two more weekends.