Colorado ski areas see busiest days ever over holiday week

The jump in visitation is a trend seen across the U.S.

DENVER | Several Colorado ski areas welcomed a record number of visitors over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

The Denver Post reported (http://dpo.st/2jepp7o ) Thursday that Aspen Skiing Co. had some of its busiest days ever over the holiday season at its four resorts in the Roaring Fork Valley — Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk.

Aspen Skiing spokesman Jeff Hanle says there were 22,000 skiers on Dec. 29 and 20,000 skiers on several days over the holiday week.

Colorado-based Vail Resorts reported that ski traffic was down in the early season but increased during the holiday period.

The jump in visitation is a trend seen across the U.S.

National Ski Areas Association President Michael Berry says the holiday season snowfall helped boost visitation at ski resorts from California to New England.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com