The Utah ski and snowboard industry closed the winter season on a high note, with a 2% boost in skier days over 2008-09.
In all, Utah saw a total of 4,048,153 skier days in 2009-10, a designation that the National Ski Areas Association defines as one person visiting a ski area for all or any part of a day or night for the purpose of skiing/snowboarding.
Ski Utah President Nathan Rafferty said that visitation numbers improved steadily after the first of the year and continued to grow through the end of the season.
Much of the credit goes to Mother Nature, who cooperated by delivering enough powder -- 152 inches in April and 58 inches in May -- to allow Utah resorts to extend their seasons. Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, which didn't close winter operations until June 20, recorded a season snow total of 603 inches, well above the state's 500-inch average.