Vermont received a record number of skier visits—nearly 4.7 million—during the 2014–15 season. Vermont Ski Area Association (VSAA) president Parker Riehle described the season as the “near-perfect winter” at the organization’s annual meeting last week, according to a press release.
The 2014–15 season broke the 2001 record (it’s unclear what that record was, and the press release doesn’t say), and the $220 million in revenue from sales, room, and meal tax was 4 percent higher than last year. (Sales tax revenue is also what brought a profit to ski towns in states like Colorado despite the lackluster conditions and drop in skier visits this year.)
According to the VSAA’s statement, a series of storms brought Vermont the most snow of any continental U.S. state. That and the state’s program to upgrade to more efficient snow guns meant that its ski areas were able to open earlier in the year and close later.