Skier visits at US resorts fall in 2011-2012


DENVER (AP) -- A trade group says preliminary numbers show U.S. ski areas tallied an estimated 51 million skier and snowboarder visits this past season, which represents a roughly 15 percent drop from the previous season.

Many U.S. ski resorts weathered a mild winter with below-average snowfall in the 2011-2012 season.

The National Ski Areas Association expects to release a final estimate in July.