SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah saw a 10 percent dip in skier visits this past year - and the fewest total visits since the 2003-2004 season.
Ski Utah officials released the numbers Tuesday.
The industry marketing group reported 3.8 million day visits for skiers and snowboarders at Utah's 14 resorts.
It is a stark contrast to the 2010-2011 season when record snows resulted in 4.2 million visits - second-best all-time behind the 2007-2008 season.
Ski Utah officials blamed the recent decline on low snow totals as well as a wavering economy. Utah fared better than resorts nationally, where visits were down 15 percent on average.
Utah's past season ranked eighth in the last 10 years, the lowest since 3.4 million visits were reported in 2003-2004.
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