This past season was not the snowiest winter Vermont has ever seen, but the state’s ski industry business still increased by 10%. This means Vermont continues to be the top ski state in the east and the fourth largest in the United States.
As mentioned above, Vermont is the number one ski state in the east. Our beautiful state has earned the title by averaging 117 operating days at our 20+ public ski resorts. This is 4 days above the 10-year average of 113 days (about 3 and a half months). The resorts also had an average seasonal snowfall of 167 inches, which is a 25-inch increase over last year.
Killington Resort is known as The Beast of the East and is our local big mountain. The resort was still operating through Memorial Day Weekend and hosted its last official day on June 1. Of course, this called for a big celebration with most skiers and riders dressing for summer weather while carving down the mountain. Patches of snow will stick to Superstar, a black diamond trail used for the women’s World Cup, until the middle of June.
And with a long ski season comes a lot of visitors. The 2022-23 ski season saw about 4.1 million visitors to the mountains. This is an increase from last year’s 3.8 million visitors.
No need to worry if you are not a downhill skier. Cross-country skiing (much easier) has seen an increase in visitors as well. Interested in learning more about this beautiful place so many have made their home? Connect with us here! We are always happy to discuss opportunities in our region.
All photos courtesy of Killington Resort, June 1, 2023.
Information referenced from the Vermont Biz article, “Vermont ski industry business increased 10% despite weather challenges.” Original source, Ski Vermont, the Vermont Ski Areas Association.