Colorado Ski Industry Worried About Winter Bookings

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Skiers riding a chairlift in Aspen.
Photo: Town of Aspen (AP Photo)
Skiers riding a chairlift in Aspen.

Stay Aspen Snowmass President Bill Tomcich says a decline in September bookings for this winter should pick up once the snow starts falling.

The Aspen Times reports a bad to average snow year in 2014-15, questions about the El Nino weather forecasts and a strong American dollar are all factoring into the booking pace for this winter.

Forecasters say the Pacific weather pattern known as El Nino usually brings above-average snowfall to southwest Colorado, but has irregular impacts farther north.

Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle says international business will be a challenge this year due to the dollar's strength and resorts are counting on domestic customers to fill the gap.