- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The number of skiers and snowboarders hitting the slopes in Utah dropped this year amid lackluster snowfall.

The industry marketing group Ski Utah said Tuesday there were 3.9 million day visits during the 2014-2015 season, the lowest total in nine years.

The state’s drop of about 5 percent was in line with the rest of the country as drought in the West and bitter cold in the East kept skiers off the slopes from coast to coast.

In Utah, the annual snowfall was less than half of average. Ski Utah says this season’s totals were just shy of the 10-year low of 3.8 million day visits in 2011-2012.

The season started well as ski areas reported above-average snowfall before January, but resorts relied on snowmaking equipment as the weather changed.

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