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A Tough Winter Takes a Hit On Utah Skier Visits

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Although not as severe as the drought in California, Utah's lack of snow this winter resulted in fewer ski days on the mountain this season. Curbed Ski breaks down all the numbers and what it means.

Ski Utah officials reported that the state saw 3,946,762 skier visits this past winter, which was a 4.9% drop below the previous winter. But considering what iconic resorts like Deer Valley, Park City, and Alta were dealing with, things could have been much, much worse.

President of Ski Utah, Nathan Rafferty, told the Salt Lake Tribune, "Considering Mother Nature, we're pretty pleased." Rafferty cited a National Weather Service statistic that put the state's snowfall at only 41 percent of average. If you look at the snowpack maps from the season, it's easy to see just how dry it was from about January on.

And for the most part, great snowmaking in Utah took advantage of the early snow and kept guests happy. Resorts in California and Washington weren't so fortunate, as rain decimated base areas this spring and forced many to close early.

Kudus to the Utah resorts for making it work with Mother Nature's leftovers.

· Ski Utah [Official Site]
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