Following epic year of snow, Utah records its busiest ski season in history

Following a ski season across the United States that has set numerous records for snow depth and for season length, the 2016-2017 has just set yet another high mark: Per a Wednesday press release from Ski Utah, the state of Utah just experienced its busiest ski season in history.

On Sunday, Snowbird became the final resort in the Beehive State to close down for the season, capping off an eight-month ski season. And, when all was said and done, Ski Utah reports that the 14 ski resorts across the state had recorded 4,584,658 ski and snowboard visits in the 2016-2017 season — a number that bested the previous record set in 2015-2016 by 2.85 percent.

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There was plenty of reason to smile if you were skiing in Utah this season. Photo Courtesy of Austen Diamond/Ski Utah

“On the heels of a record breaking year last year, this continued growth shows Utah's winter sports industry is thriving," Ski Utah President Nathan Rafferty said in the press release. “While there is still room to grow, we could not have asked for better results this year.”

“This season was one for the record books (pun intended),” Paul Marshall, Ski Utah’s director of communication, told GrindTV. “Across the state every resort received epic powder days — ones that will be remembered for years or at least until it starts snowing for the 2017-18 season.”

And the increasing number of skiers and snowboarders wasn’t just confined to Utah.

In the press release, Ski Utah cites a survey by RRC that shows that nationally, ski and snowboarder visits increased from 52.8 million in 2015-2016 to 54.7 million this season. The Denver Post reports that Colorado had its second busiest season in history, while reported Thursday that the Green Mountain State saw a huge rebound in skier visits this year, with nearly 4 million people visiting Vermont resorts.

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So much snow. If only every ski season could be like the 2016-2017 season. Photo Courtesy of Austen Diamond/Ski Utah

That number was a big increase from the 3.2 million visits Vermont recorded last season, but still lower than the record 4.7 million skiers that visited the state’s resorts in 2014-2015.

“This was a strong comeback season for the State of Vermont,” said Ski Vermont President Parker Riehle told “Thanks to Winter Storms Caly, Orson, Pluto and Stella, matched with our state's world class snowmakers and snowmaking technology, Vermont had the longest season in the East. That’s not only great news for the ski industry but it was also critical to Vermont's economy which depends heavily on the $900 million in direct winter spending that our ski and snowboard resorts bring to the state in a good season.”

And, in good news, if you’re still itching to get your ski fix in, there are six resorts across the country that are still open.

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