Oregon, particularly the Portland backyard playground known as Mt. Hood, was a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders last season with the state's winter mountain resorts combining for a 2.01 million visits, a single-season record that topped the previous mark, set two seasons ago, by 60,000 bodies.
Oregon resort operators reached several other important milestones during the 2007-08 season, including hitting the 1.91 million skier and snowboarder visits mark for the third straight year.
Other nuggets gleaned from the survey of resort operators showed that the five Mt. Hood resorts - Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur, Mt. Hood Skibowl, Summit, and Timberline Lodge - collectively surpassed the one-million-visit threshold by early April, the quickest those resorts ever hit that plateau, and that Oregon's five most successful seasons, in terms of skier and snowboarder visits, have occurred during the last seven winters.
"Most Oregonians live within a two-hour drive of a ski area," says Scott Kaden, president of the Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association (PNSAA), the marketing arm of all things skiing and snowboarding in Washington and Oregon. "This past season, our skiers and riders appear to have spent more time at nearby mountains, investing a significant percentage of their recreation budgets on ski and snowboard outings."