Winter Tourism, Spending Set Records In Colorado Ski Towns

More people are visiting Colorado ski areas and bringing a winter boost to area spending.

The Denver Post reports a record 13 million visitors this past winter meant the highest sales tax revenue ever for almost every Colorado ski town.

Telluride town manager Greg Clifton said officials are constantly looking for ways to mitigate the impact of tourism on the community, like enhancing transit and workforce housing.

Towns use the higher sales tax revenue for improvement projects benefiting visitors and residents as well as community needs like affordable housing and transportation.

Communities are also looking to restart projects that stalled during the recession.

Telluride is the only town where summer spending and tax revenue top winter.

Marijuana sales represent a small percentage of sales tax revenue in ski towns.