Ski Utah reported a record-breaking 5,829,679 statewide skier visits last season, a 10% increase over the 2020/21 season, TownLift reports.
Except for the 2019/20 season, when resorts were forced to close in mid-March due to the covid pandemic, the previous two seasons had also been record-breaking. 2020/21 saw 5,301,766 skier days, and 2018/19 saw 5,125,441.
The same trend is being seen across the nation, with Colorado witnessing an increase of 14% for a record season and Vermont seeing a 3.5% increase over last season (although not a record season.) Vail Resorts also saw a rise of 12.5% across its resorts.
In May, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) reported record visitation at US ski areas for the 2021-22 season, 61 million skier visits. This is an increase of 3.5% over last season’s national number.
Skiing and snowboarding have rebounded in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic, providing economic relief and thousands of jobs to communities across 37 ski states. Strong season pass sales and a continued desire for outdoor recreation are two primary contributing factors to the season’s record-breaking results.