NH Visits Up - No Surprise
Ski NH Reports Increase in Skiers Last Season
Updated: 1:07 PM EDT Jun 16, 2017
of Ski New Hampshire reported 2.3 million skier visits at their resorts last
season, a 30 percent increase in snow sports visits from the previous winter.
A spokesman for the organization said a final tally for the 2016/17 winter
season was announced at the organization's annual conference at the Red Jacket
Mountain View Resort in North Conway on Monday.
Ski New Hampshire represents most ski areas in the state with the exception of
Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched Mountain.
During the 2016-17 winter season, total ski resort visits for Ski NH’s 34 ski
area members reached 2,357,609, which includes alpine and Nordic skiing,
snowboarding, and tubing.
This represents a one-third increase from the 2015-2016 season which lacked
snow and great temperatures to make snow.
Total cross-country skier visits were up 80 percent to 133,621.
Snow tubing visits hit 119,690, which is the third best year since Ski NH
started keeping records, 20 years ago.
Tubing saw an 82 percent jump over the previous season.
“Well-timed snowstorms helped promote the perception in our key market areas
that there was good skiing in the state. Natural snowfall combined with
advanced snowmaking systems and excellent grooming methods set up our ski areas
with great conditions throughout most of the year, and people turned out to
enjoy the slopes and trails” said Jessyca Keeler, executive director of Ski NH.
“Next winter, we’ll work with our ski area members and other partners to
showcase New Hampshire as a great ski destination and highlight the skiing
lifestyle and learn-to-ski opportunities. Through our efforts we will expect to
see additional growth in visitation next year,” she said.