Skiers and snowboarders at Mt. Rose, south of Reno, ride a conveyor belt a quarter mile up a hill to slide down a patch of snow surrounded by dirt.
The National Ski Areas Association expects at least an average year of precipitation. The association says after so many dry years, a wet one will draw enough skiers to break the previous visitor record of 60.5 million.
Association President Michael Berry says more people are skiing and skiing more often.
“We have seen increased participants but more importantly we have seen increased participation which is to say people are going with greater participation.”
Berry says a focus on youth programs and more retirees moving to the mountains keeps increasing the number of visitors.
Ky Plaskon / Capital Public Radio