• Season leaves Vermont resorts smiling
     | May 07,2013

    After a disappointing season last year, Vermont ski resorts enjoyed a strong rebound this season.

    Skier visits for the 2012-13 season will exceed last season’s 3.9 million skier visits, the only question is by how much, Parker Riehle, president of the Vermont Ski Areas Association said Monday.

    “Certainly what we’re hearing so far is very encouraging,” Riehle said. “Definitely, double-digit increases, though as we sit here it’s still too early to tell just how high those increases will be overall for our skier visits over last year.”

    He said the VSAA is still gathering information from the state’s 18 resorts with a final tally to be announced at the annual meeting in June at Stowe Mountain Resort.

    The difference this season was a plentiful amount of snowfall that was lacking a year ago. Last year, the bottom fell out of the season with the arrival of a hot spell in March with summer-like temperatures, effectively putting an end to the season for most resorts.

    Riehle said Jay Peak and Sugarbush closed over the weekend, leaving Killington as the last resort open. Weather permitting, Killington is shooting to stay open until June.

    bruce.edwards@ rutlandherald.com

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