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NH Ski Resorts Had Record Winter

June 11, 2008 by admin  
Filed under Business

This last ski/snowbird season was a record breaker for New Hampshire. A relatively snow-laden season led to nearly 2.4 million skier/snowboard visits at downhill resorts and 151,000 visitors for cross country skiing. The increase meant higher revenues for some struggling resorts and ski towns.

The alpine resorts bested their previous visitor record that was set in 2001 by attracting nearly 10,000 more visits, more than a 20 percent increase from last year. Cross country ski areas saw an increase of almost 50 percent from last year. Interestingly, snow tubing visits nearly rivaled cross country skiing visits with almost 120,000 visits, up 30 percent from last year.

The 2007/2008 season was also a record year for the nation as a whole with a record 60.1 million skier visits in the US.

Average snowfall for the NH ski region is around 120 inches a year but many this year trumped that by almost doubling the average.

“This year was awesome,” said Liam O’Donnell, a recent UHH grad from Exeter (pictured above). “My friends and I tried to go up at least once a week when we could. It wasn’t as bare or as icy as the last couple of years which were kind of disappointing seasons.”

The popularity of skiing and snowboarding has increased due to the stardom of the brash American skier Bode Miller (from New Hampshire) who was a character and a medalist at the Salt Lake Olympics and because of the hip image that freestyle skiing and snowboarding project.

Concern is rising that high fuel prices might affect the coming season and make this last season’s record hard to beat. The local ski industry will most likely follow what NH has already been pitching to summer travelers from nearby states: NH is closer and hence cheaper than the alternatives.

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