Denver Business Journal — Visits to Colorado ski resorts fell for a second year in a row, though well-timed snow dumps in an otherwise dry season kept them from being as bad as some had feared.

Outdoor sports enthusiasts made 7.1 million visits to the 24 Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts, a 2 percent drop from the 2016-17 season, the industry organization announced Thursday at its annual meeting. Vail Resorts Inc. (NYSE: MTN) — operator of Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Keystone — did not announce figures for its resorts, which are not CSCUSA members, but said earlier that overall resorts to its North American properties fell 1.9 percent from last season.

The drop in 2017-18 follows a similar 2.5 percent decrease the season before, when Colorado also had issues with a lack of precipitation, particularly early in the season. However, the 7.1 million visits this season still were slightly ahead of the five-year average for CSCUSA resorts.

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