Ski Utah now has the numbers to affirm what many Parkites already knew: This past ski season became one for the ages.
In its annual season-stop record Wednesday, the agency stated that skier days for the 2018-19 season crowned a 5.1 million average across the kingdom, shattering the previous document and marking a 24 percent increase over the 2017-18 season.
Nate Rafferty, Ski Utah CEO, said at a press conference Wednesday on the agency’s Salt Lake City headquarters that the strong year might be chalked up mainly to the bountiful snow that the Wasatch acquired over the season, with multi-inn passes like the Epic Pass and the new Ikon Pass also offering a lift.
“We have a saying within the ski industry: ‘It’s the snow, stupid,’ whilst all of us sit around and think we’re the most fantastic marketers and feature got all of it figured out,” Rafferty said. “When we see snowfall like we did this 12 months, the visits are going to (growth).”
Snowbird Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon led the country in a snowstorm with 683 inches as of May 20, which Ski Utah illustrated as, on a scale of Andre the Giant to King Kong, coming close to the height of the king of the apes (Assuming a peak of 720 inches for King Kong).
A constant barrage of snowstorms supplied a stark evaluation to the paltry powder totals of 2017-18, which have been Utah’s lowest since the 1970s. Deer Valley Resort spokesperson Emily Summers wrote in an e-mail that the inn suggested a 14.Five percent growth in skier visits over the previous season as a result.
While the Ikon Pass contributed to Deer Valley’s robust totals this wintry weather, Summers echoed Rafferty’s declaration that snowfall turned into the success ski season’s primary motive force, saying that the lodge stated sparkling snow on more than 1/2 of the times it turned into open.
“That sort of snow drives multiplied usage of all merchandise — this consists of Season Passes, Local’s Only Passes, day tickets, and Ikon Pass utilization,” Summers stated. “All merchandise has been up, and with this being the primary season of the Ikon Pass, it delivered additional opportunities for skier visits.”
Park City Mountain Resort turned into unable to provide comment.
Ski Utah stated that the state noticed 111 overall days with a measurable blizzard, and of those, the longest drought lasted best one week.
The monster snowfall that crashed into the Wasatch on Jan. 18, which triggered even the ski inns and the Park City School District to shut, brought 23 inches of snow to Deer Valley and 21 to Park City Mountain Resort. The resorts ended the season with 353 and 359 inches of snow at their bases, respectively.
While Park City will possibly never say “no” to more skiers, customers, and bucks, the historical ski season also raised questions within the network concerning the town and the hotels’ potential to address larger crowds and keep a superb experience for visitors.
Summers stated Deer Valley is operating on it.
“We hold to work on additional parking plans and processes for the subsequent wintry weather season,” she stated.
Rafferty stated that in the future, similarly development of transportation options might be critical to the nation’s ski enterprise if the Wasatch Back and the Cottonwood canyons are to withstand their extended reputation as destinations. That includes each Utah’s roadways and airways because the Salt Lake International Airport undergoes upkeep, and Park City weighs the way to first-rate get site visitors 37 miles from the tarmac to the slopes.
Also on Rafferty’s listing of priorities turned into locating answers in housing seasonal people, a perennial problem in ski towns throughout us, as well as locating ways to deal with an increasingly massive crowd of global site visitors.
Even as Ski Utah has introduced its final file card for the semester, the Wasatch’s ski season isn’t, in reality, even over. Snowbird, which remains open on weekends, hopes to ring in America’s 243rd birthday with snowboarding.