According to the Associated Press today, "despite getting less snow, Colorado resorts are on a pace to break last season's record of 12.53 million skier visits, with 6.74 percent more in the first part of the season than the same period last year, the industry reported Tuesday. The resorts had nearly 3.3 million skier visits from October through December 2006, up 207,533 from the same period in 2005."
Interestingly, the biggest jump in numbers, 10.7%, was at the state's smaller areas -- the gems -- which means the crowd growing fastest is the one that wants to get away from growing crowds.
We want to see some number on the ever-mysterious backcountry skier days. All the people I talk to say it's growing like crazy, but with no lift tickets, it's almost impossible to track.
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