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Ski Areas Show Record Skiers Visits

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Ski areas in southwestern Montana boast a record number of satisfied shredders so far this season.

After great snowfall this year, Bridger Bowl ski area has decided to stay open eight days later this season.

William Lynn has been coming to Bridger Bowl to ski for more than 25 years.

"I'd say this is one of the best years they've had in a really long time," said Lynn.

He can recall several years the ski area stayed open past their projected closing date, but he was extremely excited to hear about extending this years season.

"I think it's great, as long as the conditions stay like this," said Lynn.

Marketing Director, Doug Wales said Bridger Bowls skier visits are up significantly from last year at this time.

"This time last year we were sitting at about 140,000 ski visits. Right now, we're at 186,000," said Wales.

Wales said this year they're ahead of the previous record year, which was the 2010-2011 season.

"We're about 8,000 visits ahead of that year. It looks like we're on track to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 220,000 skier visits," said Wales.

Wales said the great snow conditions and additions to the ski area really helped with the increase number of skier visits.
 
"I think the two new lifts that we put on this year were really well received. They really opened up Bridger Bowl to the beginner and intermediate market," said Wales.

Big Sky Ski resort has also had a phenomenal season. Their ski visits are estimated to be up by over 20%.

"The increased skier visits really benefits the entire community," said Sheila Chapman," said Big Sky Public Relations Manager. "Everybody is just thriving from the amount of snowfall that you've had."

Bridger Bowl will close for the season on April 14. Big Sky will close on April 20.

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