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Vermont Ski Resorts Lose About $100 Million This Winter

Skiing in Vermont (file)
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Skiing in Vermont (file)

The Vermont Ski Areas Association says ski resorts in the state lost an estimated $100 million this winter during the pandemic.

Vermont Ski Areas Association President Molly Mahar says season pass holders went to resorts more and sales of those passes were up at some areas, but ticket-buying skier visits were down about 40% through the end February. She says lodging revenue dropped by 60% and food and beverage revenue was down by 70%.

The Rutland Herald reports state officials estimate that equates to $700 million in losses for the economy.

Some resorts are hoping to have a strong wedding season to start to make up the gap in revenue, Mahar said.

There were no COVID-19 outbreaks associated with Vermont ski resorts and no resorts closed because of the virus.

The state is also planning another $50 million in economic recovery grants.

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