Detroit Mountain overcomes a tough winter
Even for a ski park, it was a rough winter.
Detroit Mountain Recreation Area did okay this season, but would have done a lot better without the bitter cold temperatures, especially over the holidays, said General Manager Jeff Staley.
Attendance was the best of the last five years, just over 43,000, or 300 more than the previous year, but that was due to more season pass holders than last year, which translated into higher season pass visits.
Gate ticket sales were down slightly and tubing visits were down slightly as well, "largely due to bitter cold temperatures over the holiday break," Staley said.
The week between Christmas and New Year's was brutally cold, and that really hurt attendance. Here's how much impact weather can have: On Dec. 29 "there was negative 30-plus wind chills," Staley said, and "we had to close a couple hours early." Only 489 people braved the Mountain that day.
Two days later, on Dec. 31, the weather was similarly miserable, with a high temperature of minus 3, and just 284 people showed up that day.
But in between, on Dec. 30, the weather broke a little, and it turned out to be a record-setting day for attendance, with 2,243 people visiting the Mountain over a 10-hour stretch.
Jan. 1, which would normally see perhaps a thousand visitors, brought in a grand total of 77 people, again because of the nasty weather, Staley said. "Those days really should have been much higher, we lost probably 2,500 visits in those three days alone," he said. "The business is really weather-dependent."
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