Colorado Ski Resorts Report Modest Growth In Bookings

<p>(Grace Hood/CPR News)</p>
<p>Skiers and snowboarders line up to take on the slopes at Arapahoe Basin. </p>
Photo: ABasin Skiiers
Skiers and snowboarders line up to take on the slopes at Arapahoe Basin.

Bookings edged up only slightly through the end of October. That’s after years of double-digit growth at western ski resorts.

Ski areas could be seeing too much of a good thing, said Ralf Garrison with the research firm DestiMetrics.

"The resorts are just running out of additional space -- be it for people to ski on the mountain, to stay in the lodging, to be accommodated in restaurants," Garrison said. "The cup runneth over."

But it’s still too early to make a call on the whole ski season. The numbers don’t account for the recent snow across the West. And reservations trend upward over the holidays. Garrison says the next couple months should offer a clearer picture.

"We are waiting to see what happens in the all-important time period between November and December," Garrison said.