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NH ski areas report strong season

NORTH WOODSTOCK — The 2012-13 ski season in New Hampshire was a success for skiers and ski area operators alike, Ski NH said Thursday. Thanks to excellent skiing and riding conditions for much of the 2012-13 ski season, the state's resorts hosted more than 2.5 million skier, snowboarder and snowtubing visits, according to numbers released by Ski NH.

Alpine ski areas recorded a total of 2,276,370 alpine skier and snowboarder visits, a 20.9 percent increase from the prior winter. and a 4.7 percent increase over the 10-year average.

Cross-country areas also had a very successful winter, hosting 151,276 visits, a 57.2 percent increase from the prior winter. and a 14.8 percent increase over the 10-year average.

Areas with snowtubing parks reported 113,058 snowtubing visits, a 23.4 percent increase from the prior winter, and a 7 percent increase over the 10-year average.

Most of the holiday periods had excellent business levels thanks to enjoyable weather and snowfall. In contrast to recent years, the winter weather continued right through March, making for excellent skiing and riding conditions well into April, Ski NH said.

"With eight of our top 10 winters occurring since 2000, we've got a great deal of momentum for skiing and riding in the state," said Alice Pearce, Ski NH's president, in a news release. "It's always a good sign when our ski areas close with snow still on their slopes and trails due to guests moving on to other activities and not a lack of snow."

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