DENVER, Colo. - Colorado ski resorts set a visitation record last season, a mark attributed to weather and the California drought.
The Denver Post reports that the state's 25 ski areas logged 12.6 million visits, a 10 percent jump over last year.
Industry group Colorado Ski County USA says the visitation record came despite "sensationalized media hype" about marijuana. The drug is off-limits on the slopes, most of which are on federal land.
The record was attributed to strong snowfall in the Rockies, along with a California drought that steered skiers to Colorado.
Colorado's ski communities reported strong spending during the season as well. The resort towns of Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge and Telluride posting record sales-tax revenues for the ski season.