- Associated Press - Sunday, June 21, 2015

LINCOLN, N.H. (AP) - This past ski season in New Hampshire is considered the fourth best on record, with over 2.5 million visits to resorts.

Ski New Hampshire says this winter, alpine ski area visits were up nearly 2 percent increase. Cross country-visits were down, but still up 3.5 percent over a 10-year average.

New Hampshire’s 11 ski area tubing centers posted their second best overall season ever, with nearly 124,000 visits - a 3.3 percent jump over last year.

The gains were noted in spite of some weather challenges, such as warmer temperatures over Christmas week and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The President’s Day weekend brought extremely cold weather and high winds.

However, abundant snowfall throughout February and March combined sustained with cold temperatures provided for an extended ski season that lasted well into April.

“I think people were excited to finally get out of their snowed-in homes and enjoy some spring skiing,” said Jessyca Keeler, Ski New Hampshire executive director.

Ben Wilcox, general manager of Cranmore Mountain Resort, said snowmaking was a big factor in the season’s success.

“Perhaps a bigger challenge was the amount of snow our key market areas received - in Boston and southern New Hampshire,” he said. “Too much snow in those areas actually made it tough for people to travel.”

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