Ski Industry Could Be Facing A Long-Term Decline In Visitors

CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado’s ski industry generates $3 billion to the state’s economy, and after a tough year in 2011 to 2012, things did improve this past season. But CBS4’s news partners at the Denver Business Journal report the industry could be facing a long-term decline in skiers.

Ed Sealover from the DBJ stopped by CBS4 studios to talk about the report. He said 57.1 million people visited the ski slopes throughout the U.S. this past season.

“What they’re worried about is figures that show if they lose new skiers at the current rate it could be down to 45.3 million by 2030, which is a pretty serious decline for an industry that really relies on numbers coming up there,” Sealover said.

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He said there are several reasons for the decline.

“The number of new skiers is dropping off about 3 percent a year; people…

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