Heavy Snow Boosts Early Season Colorado Skier Visits

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Skiers & boarders enjoy the snow at Loveland Ski Area. (credit: CBS)

Skiers & boarders enjoy the snow at Loveland Ski Area. (credit: CBS)

DENVER (AP) — A ski industry group says heavy snow that let some Colorado resorts offer more terrain than usual in the early season has helped boost visits so far.

The trade group Colorado Ski Country USA said Wednesday that through Dec. 31, snowboarder and skier visits at its 22 member resorts were up 10 percent from the comparable period last season. Exact numbers weren’t released.

The results don’t include the Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone areas, which are owned by Vail Resorts Inc. The company said last week that early season visits at all its resorts, including two in California, were up about 10.1 percent from last season.

Not all resorts enjoyed early snow. In some parts of the state, resorts opened later than usual.

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