Colorado Ski Country USA
Western ski resorts are wrapping up one of the most unusual and unpredictable snow seasons in recent memory.
A program that uses police pace cars to reduce traffic congestion on Interstate 70 in the mountains this winter was suspended after too many skiers and other mountain visitors jammed the highway, creating a bottleneck.
A lack of snow in December has hurt sales of ski, snowboard and other winter sports gear this season.
While there’s been enough snow for several Colorado resorts to open this fall, forecasters say skiers shouldn’t expect another record winter.
Aspen Skiing Co. executives are promising to do better this year after the company’s skier visits failed to match the growth rates of the Colorado ski industry last winter.
A trade group says skier visits at Colorado resorts this winter likely topped 12 million for the first time since the 2007-2008 season.
Aspen Highlands, Copper Mountain, Winter Park, Vail and Breckenridge are closing for the season Sunday after getting fresh snow this weekend.
The head of Colorado’s ski industry group says the organization has a healthy relationship with Vail Resorts, the state’s largest ski operator, nearly three years after the company withdrew its support.
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.