On-the-books occupancy at 16 mountain resort destinations across California, Colorado, Oregon and Utah was down a sharp 12.3 percent as of Nov. 30, 2012 compared to the same time last year according to Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP).
Still, looking more long-range, the MTRiP monthly briefing reports that on-the-books occupancy for arrivals December-May is down only 2.8 percent.
“Alhough reports about the looming ‘fiscal cliff’ have dominated the national news since the election, the discussion in mountain communities is more snow-centric as snowfall was below average in most locations for most of November and into December, said MTRiP Director Ralf Garrison.
Interestingly, the report notes that occupancy in November was up 7.5 percent year-over-year. Garrison did note that since the data was assembled, there has been a bump in commensurate snow.