A record 61 million people visited ski areas in the United States during the 2021-2022 season, according to the National Ski Area Association. This figure represents a 3.5% increase in ski resort attendance compared to last year.
The previous record was set during the 2010-2011 ski season, which saw 60.5 million visitors, according to NSAA records.
“This record attendance indicates that the ski industry in the United States is healthy and that demand for outdoor recreation remains strong. There have been signs of this during the 2020-21 season, as the realities of the Covid-19 pandemic have caused more people to seek outdoor activities.The high number of skiers bodes well for the long-term health of the sport, especially as the number of participants has remained relatively stable over the past decade,” an NSAA press release said.
The Rockies region alone had 25.2 million visits, which was also a record number for the region.
According to the release, the NSAA has been tracking ski resort attendance since the 1978-79 season. A visit is counted each time a person uses a lift ticket or pass at a ski resort.
“Historically, changes in the number of skier visits could be correlated with snowfall; more snow generally meant more skiers. However, the average snowfall this season was 145 inches nationally, lower to the 10-year average of 166 inches, again signaling the strong desire for people to get out,” the statement read.
The full report is available, here.
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