Skiers visits in Colorado may be down by more than nine per cent so far this year compared to last year but optimism for the remainder of the season is still high.
"Although we have not quite achieved the early season numbers of last year, which was a record for visits as well as snowfall, several trends make us optimistic about the remainder of the season," said Rob Perlman, president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA.
From the start of the season, Oct. 28, until the end of December, the total skiers visits in the state were 2,671,532. This is down more than nine per cent from the previous season.
But Colorado has had a strong holiday season as well as good snow conditions recently.
"Two bright spots are that were ahead of our five-year average of early season skier visits and weve seen a boost in destination visitation during the first period," said Perlman.
"We still have the majority of our season ahead of us, so the industry is optimistic about the overall potential for the 2003-04 season."
CSCUSA recently released the first of three reports tabulating skier visits for the state of Colorado.
Whistler students can help community
Calling all Grade 12 Whistler and Squamish students start thinking about what you can do to help your community.
The third annual SuperPages Make It Real program is now underway and for the first time Whistler and Squamish students can enter the contest.
Grade 12 students are invited to submit 1,000 word essays based on the following theme: "If I had $3,500 to help my community, I would..."
They have the chance to win a scholarship and the community will get funding for the project proposed in the essay.
Winning submissions in the past have brought new pool equipment to a recreation centre, dog clean up stations at the local dog park and healing gardens at community hospitals.
"The enthusiasm provided by the participating schools and students, and the unique community projects that have resulted from last years program in British Columbia and Alberta has prompted us to expand Make It Real to Squamish/Whistler," said Julian Heyward, national communication manager at SuperPages, B.C.s largest telephone directory publisher.
"Were pleased to give students the opportunity to develop a community improvement project from the ground up."
The Make It Real program is open between January and April 30, 2004. Contact Casy Lynn at 604-935-0324 for details.