Excerpted from North Country Public Radio:
As ski center managers in the Adirondacks close the books on another winter season, some are reporting an increase in skier visits and revenue. Others say they’ve had about the same or fewer numbers of visitors compared to last year. Chris Knight looks back on the winter of 2009-2010, including one of the biggest success stories of the winter – the reopening of two smaller, community-centered ski areas:
The largest ski areas in the Adirondacks, Gore Mountain in North Creek and Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, both of which are run by the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, did not see an increase in skier visits this winter.
In fact, Gore Mountain Manager Mike Pratt said he’s expecting to end the season with about 15,000 fewer skier visits than last winter. “Between winter starting late, missing out on the Thanksgiving holiday and high winds that kept us closed on New Year’s Sunday, there was a big hole that was dug early in the season,” Pratt said. “Mid-week Christmas was great and from the second weekend in January on has been really good.”
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