Vail Skier Visits Down 6.2% Year over Year

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Certainly not the most dire of news:

BROOMFIELD – Vail Resorts on Saturday reported some numbers from the beginning of the 2008-09 ski season through April 12. As expected, most of those numbers were down from last year’s record season.
• Season-to-date total skier visits through April 12 for the company’s five mountain resorts were down 6.2 percent compared with last year.
• Season-to-date total lift ticket revenue through April 12, including an allocated portion of season pass revenue for each applicable period, was down 8.7 percent compared with last year.

I was expecting 10-15% so this is good news. Next season may be the worst of it because today’s unemployment numbers indicate no real end in sight to the recession.