Record Breaking Skiing Season in Utah
Skiing and snowboarding is a vital industry for Utah, and it has recently been announced by the Utah Ski and Snowboard Industry that the state has experienced yet another record breaking skiing season. This is determined by calculating the skier days that have taken place throughout the winter season, and for 2007-2008 it was recorded at 4 258 900. It is the fifth year in a row that Utah has had a record breaking season, and it is hoped that the number of skier days will increase in years to come.
If one person gets onto the slopes for skiing or snowboarding purposes, it is seen as a skier day, so the more skiers that make use of the snow during the season, the more skier days are recorded for the state. Utah initially got off to a very slow start during the 2007-2008 season, which started on 16 November 2007, but as resorts started to receive snow from between five to seven hundred inches, the skiers started to increase dramatically.
When looking at the last five seasons, the skier days in Utah have increased with every year, with the 2003-2004 season reaching 3 429 141, 2004-2005 season at 3 895 578, 2005-2006 increasing to 4 062 188 and the 2006-2007 season attracting 4 082 094. The dramatic jump in skier days from last year has shown a 4.3 percent increase. The financial and advertising support that the state has given the skiing industry seems to be paying off handsomely, as the number of visitors keeps rising, which has a positive influence on the economy.
Skiing and snowboarding vacationers not only affect the resorts, but have a far reaching impact on the entire state. Airlines have an increase in airfares, food suppliers sell more stock, snow sport equipment stores have more sales and the entertainment industry is kept busy by the visitors. With slopes in Utah becoming more popular and having world class resorts available to visitors, it is hoped that promotional campaigns and the good snowfall will continue to lure skiers to the region. And if the snow remains faithful to Utah and the visitors keep coming back to enjoy the beauty, facilities and activities of the state, Utah might be announcing another record breaking skier day figure next year.