Winter bookings at mountain resorts in the West are on track to reach pre-recession levels, according to Denver-based DestiMetrics.
Bookings for November through April are up 8.7 percent compared to last ski season, with revenues up 14 percent, said Ralf Garrison, director of the company formerly known as Mountain Travel Research Program. That means resorts already have reservations for half of the rooms they filled last winter, before the season has even started.
"This is the most positive monthly analysis we have assembled since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008," said Garrison. His firm collects data from 274 property management companies overseeing 26,000 room in 17 mountain destination communities in Utah and five other states Colorado, California, Nevada, Oregon and Wyoming.