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Skiers are flocking to the Colorado Rockies to ski and board in 2014

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Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced that its 21 member resorts reported an increase in skier visitation for the beginning of the 2013/14 ski season. Skier visits at CSCUSA resorts were up by 22 percent during the first period of the 2013/14 season, defined this year as opening day of the season (October 13, 2013) through December 31, 2013, compared to the same period of the prior year. Significantly, this season’s first period skier visits also exceeded the five-year first period average by approximately 6.7 percent.

“Riding momentum from last spring and buoyed by early season snow this fall, the season got off to a very positive start,” commented Melanie Mills, president & CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA. “While we’ve set a brisk pace there is still a lot of ski season left. With such wonderful conditions we’re optimistic that the momentum will continue.”

A deluge of early season snow across much of the state allowed several resorts to open early and open more terrain and lifts than is typically available in the beginning of the season. The heavy snow helped get the word out about ski conditions in Colorado and drove visitation around the holidays.

Occupancy at Colorado resort lodging properties increased 11.6 percent during the October through December period of the 2013/14 ski season compared to the same time last season. Additionally, the booking pace for January and February 2014 was ahead of last year’s pace by 1.8 percent for the same time period, as of December 31, 2013, great news for tourism in the beautiful state of Colorado.

“Excitement surrounding the early snow, combined with positive economic news, has prompted strong early season bookings in Colorado,” commented Ralf Garrison, DestiMetrics’ director. “A favorable holiday experience along with forthcoming Olympic coverage could help sustain positive momentum.”

With popular ski weekends in the months ahead, and skiers and snowboarders taking advantage of the snowy conditions CSCUSA resorts have to offer, it is important that visitors remember to practice safe behavior while on the slopes. January is National Ski Safety Month in Colorado and skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to know and follow Your Responsibility Code; widely regarded as the key to skier and snowboarder safety on the slopes. Simply referred to as The Code, it is comprised of seven principles that collectively outline on-mountain skier etiquette and safe skiing practices. More information about how resorts are recognizing ski safety month and The Code can be found here.

The K9 hero's of the ski slopes of Colorado are heading up some fun events for National Ski Safety Month, you can get more details on that at Pooch & Claws.

It’s cold out there folks so if your dogs aren’t trained for avalanche duties and they have to walk around on the city streets, you might want to consider some boots and other natural products to keep your pooches paws healthy. We’ve listed a large variety of paw protection products here for you to browse. If you are in the market for ski and snowboard supplies you can Save 50-80% Off Ski and Snowboard Yard Sale at SportsAuthority.com while supplies last.

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