Despite an abrupt, early end to the ski season amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Utah ski resorts still saw the 4th best season on record with 4,392,698 skier visits recorded for the 2019–20 winter.
While Utah’s skier visits for the 2019–20 season were down 14.3% from the previous record 2018–19 season, skier visits were still up 2.4% from the 10-year average, and experts believe that Utah ski resorts were likely on track for another record visitation number. In addition to this winter’s visit count ranking as the 4th highest season on record, Utah also saw the highest per-capita spend on record, resulting in a direct economic impact of $1.551 billion, the second highest on record.
As was noted in a previous post, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) released nationwide skier visitation count last week, noting that the coronavirus pandemic derailed what could have been a top four season for the U.S. overall as well. Similar to Utah, skier visit numbers to U.S. areas were down almost 14% compared to the 2018–19 season, totaling 51.1 million for the 2019–20 ski season.