Apr 15, 2010 3:37 PM

Monarch expects record ski season

Ski season isn't over yet, but there are hints that smaller Colorado ski areas closer to cities had more to cheer this season than destination resorts.

Among resorts that have already closed, Sunlight says it expects a 10 percent increase in skier days from last year. Eldora also projected an increase, and Monarch expected to report a record season.  Among destination ski areas, Telluride and Aspen Skiing Co. say their numbers should be up at least slightly. Steamboat expects a
slight drop.

Vail Resorts has said visits through Jan. 31 were down 1.6 percent from the same period last season at its four Colorado resorts, two of which are still open. Colorado Ski Country USA will release numbers for its 22 member resorts in June.


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