Skiing a Colorado Tourism Economy Driver

Skiing/snowboarding generate $4.8 billion annually.

ColoradoFlag“I moved here for the winter and stayed because of summer” is a popular cliché of immigrants to the state — people like me who moved from the New York area. We are now part of the 9% of Coloradans who ski, and we continue to welcome visitors to share our slopes. With the strong dollar, international visitation is reportedly dropping, but ski visits overall continue strong. Take a look at these numbers from 2013-14 reported by a site called SnowBrains:

7 Facts About The Colorado Ski Economy

1. $4.8 billion is generated annually by the Colorado ski industry
2. 46,000 year-round jobs in Colorado are supported by the Ski & Snowboard Economy.
3. $1.9 billion earned by those 46,000 workers every year.
4. 500,000 Colorado residents skied in the 2013-2014 season. That’s 9 percent of Colorado’s estimated 5.2 million people.
5. 5.6 million of the state’s 12.6 million skier visits are from Colorado locals.
6. 7 million out-of-state skier visits in 2013-2014.
7.  $300 per day on average is spent by out-of-state skiers
8. 25% Colorado’s skier visits occur at Vail Resorts ski resorts (Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek).

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