Skier and snowboarder numbers were way up last year

Deer Valley Ski Resort in Utah.
Deer Valley Ski Resort in Utah.

Approximately 10.2 million individuals skied or snowboarded at least once in the U.S. during the 2018-19 ski season, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) said Friday. That's the most since 2010-2011 and approximately a million more than the year before. 

The jump came as snowfall was up 31% compared with 2017-18. 

In April, the NSAA reported that ski areas totaled more than 59 million visits last ski season, up 11% year-over-year.

"Snow is our greatest asset, and this year was one to remember," NSAA CEO Kelly Pawlak said at that time. "Skiers and riders were greeted with an awesome on-snow experience. Continued investment in infrastructure, like chairlifts and snowmaking, make those days on the slopes even better."

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