N.H. Ski Areas Host 2.5 Million Skiers, Riders; 'Impressive Business Levels'
Numbers are in for New Hampshire ski resorts for the 2013-14 season and, as Ski New Hampshire’s Karl Stone puts it, “it was a success for skiers and ski area operators alike… resulting in impressive business levels.”
Alpine ski areas recorded 1,272,896 alpine skier and snowboarder visit, which is a slight (2 percent) decrease from the prior winter, but 3.5 percent above the 10-year average, making it the sixth best season ever in the Granite State.
Cross-Country ski areas represent a 2.9 percent decrease year-over-year, but posted a 10.4 increase over the 10-year average, welcoming 147,259 visits. The state’s areas with snow tubing facilities reported 120,053 tubers.
Stone credits some of the season’s success to consistent cold in November and December allowing extensive snowmaking equipment to kick in early. Some 90 percent of N.H. ski terrain is covered by snowmaking.
“With nine of our best seasons for skier visits occurring within the last 14 years,” Stone says, “it’s clear that the sports of skiing and snowboarding are not only healthy in the state of N.H., but thriving.”
Ski N.H. represents 33 alpine and cross-country resorts and more than 200 lodges and guest service properties.
Photo: Mount Sunapee is one of New Hampshire's alpine ski resorts (Mount Sunapee/Facebook)