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Monday, April 10, 2006

Utah Ski Resorts Taking Business From Colorado?

TheDenverChannel.com, the Denver ABC affiliate, has an interesting report about the competition between Utah and Colorado ski resorts.

Most Utah resorts will close after this coming weekend, and expect final numbers to show yet another record ski season.

“Overall, Utah resort officials think they're taking traveling skiers from No. 1 Colorado, which logged 11.81 million skier visits last winter, but industry officials in Colorado say they're not seeing any losses,” the report says. It continues:

“(Utah Governor Jon) Huntsman said the secret was getting out, thanks in part to the 2002 Winter Olympics -- that Utah resorts have good skiing, abundant snowfall and quick access from Salt Lake City's airport. Eight resorts are within a 45-minute drive of the airport. Huntsman said the ski industry contributes nearly $1 billion to the Utah economy.

"’How is it that we can have it so well?" he asked.

“Huntsman rates himself an intermediate skier but was seen racing down the slopes ahead of his bodyguard and other companions. (Ski Utah President Nathan) Rafferty said he barely had time to buckle his boots on the first run before Huntsman took off.

"He skis like a rocket," Rafferty said.

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