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Colorado: Snow = skiers


Note: This article is a sidebar to this issue's feature story.

Inches of snowfall per year at selected Colorado ski resorts: More than 300

Number of days of sunshine: More than 300

Acres at Vail, Colorado's - and North America's - largest ski area: 4,644

Number of U.S. ski areas in 1967: 1,400

Number in 1997: 800

Length, in miles, of Colorado's longest ski run, located at Vail: 4.5

Revenues, in millions, earned by Vail Inc.'s skiing operation in 1997: $291

Revenues, in millions, from lift tickets: $137

Amount, in cents, Vail pays the Forest Service for each dollar it earns using public land: 2 or less

Additional skier days per year the Forest Service expects within 10 years of Vail expansion: 220,000

Percentage of national forest in Summit County permitted to ski resorts: 5.2

Number of the United States' 10 most visited ski resorts that are in Colorado: 7

Jobs supported annually by the ski industry in Colorado: 86,000

Percentage of houses sold in Eagle County during 1995 for $400,000 or more: 20

Percentage of local residents who could afford that housing: 6

Percentage of housing in Eagle County built since 1960: 90

Dollars, in billions, of retail sales Colorado's ski industry generates, directly and indirectly, in one season: 3.3

Acres of skiable terrain in Colorado: 30,344

Rank of Colorado among states in the U.S. in acres of skiable terrain: 1

Number of 10th Mountain Hut visits in 1984: 2,000

Hut visits last winter: 29,000

Greatest number of skier visits ever recorded in one state in a single season: 113,845,052

Rank of Colorado in number of skier visits for 1996/97: 1

Sources: Colorado Ski Country USA, Vail Resorts, U.S. Forest Service.