A record-breaking ski season brought visitation up 3.5% across the country from 2020-2021 visitation numbers, according to the National Ski Areas Association.
There were a total of 61 million skier visits in the U.S. during the 2021-22 season, the association announced.
The Rocky Mountain region reported the highest increase with more than 25.2 million visits. This is a record high for the area comprising New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.
The Northeast, Midwest and Pacific Southwest regions also saw an increase in visitation. The only two regions to see a decrease were the Southeast and Pacific Northwest.
Despite record visitation, many ski resorts reported that they had issues attracting and retaining staff throughout the season. At least 81% of the ski resorts polled said they were not fully staffed. The average number of positions left unfilled was 75.
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