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Jan 20, 2013 6:28 PM by Lacey Steele

Ski season slow but optimistic

If you're looking for a weekend getaway, ski resorts would love to have your business!

We visited Monarch Mountain to find out about the season so far.

"Season pass to monarch, this is definitely my favorite mountain in the state of Colorado," said Xandy Bustamante, a skier and snow boarder.

It's not that busy, although skiers there say that's definitely not a problem for them.

"No lift lines, friendly staff, and a nice mountain," said Bustamante. "We got ten runs in before noon today. It was fantastic."

Resorts with Colorado Ski Country USA say the first part of the 2012/2013 season was down 11.5% from last year.

That's bad news since last year was their worst year in awhile.

"I'm not worried, but we could use some snow," said Kyle Keller, a skier. "The runs are kind of bare, but it's not bad. It's fun to ski out there. It's just really icy."

"We need to get some more snow," said John Morash, a skier. "There's not as much coverage right now on the trails as I thought was going to be here, so hopefully with a couple more inches it'll be perfect and people will start coming back."

"But compared to the east coast, fantastic, regardless," laughed Jason Gossman, a skier. "There could be an inch of snow on the ground and everybody out there would be happy."

They're remaining optimistic about business in the coming months.

"Because of the skiing season, it hurts all the restaurants, bars, and everybody else, too, but I think people still want to come out," said Bustamante. "The parking lot's packed today. People are out here having a good time."

They're hoping for more snow and a ski season that lasts well into spring.

There is some good news!

The holiday season did better than usual, and reservations for both February and March are up 3-8% over last year.

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