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NEW STUDY SHOWS NATIONAL SKIER/SNOWBOARD VISITS DOWN 3.7%

          A study released by the National Ski Areas Association
     (NSAA) shows that skier and snowboarder visits to CO fell
     from 11.99 million in '97-98 to 11.3 million for the '98-99
     season, according to Steve Raabe of the DENVER POST.  CO's
     reported 5.8% decline would be "one of the larger annual
     declines in industry history."  The figures show that skier
     visits fell 3.7% nationally this year, from 54.1 million in
     '97-98 to 52.1 million. The "lack of snow, particularly in
     the early part of the season, was blamed for the decline." 
     But CO Ski Country USA President John Frew said that the
     survey was "inaccurate," as it used data that didn't reflect
     the entire ski season.  The NSAA acknowledged that the
     figures are preliminary estimates, with final data due this
     summer.  The study was conducted by Boulder-based research
     firm RRC Associates, and a skier visit is defined as one
     person visiting a ski area for all or any part of a day or
     night, using a paid or free lift ticket (DENVER POST, 6/3).

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