SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A trade group says more skiers returned to the Utah slopes last winter, boosting numbers depressed by a bad economy.Skiers hit Utah’s 13 resorts just over 4 million times, up by around 75,000 visits over the winter of 2008-09.The figures were released by Ski Utah President Nathan Rafferty.It was a good season, too. Snowbird recorded 603 inches of snowfall – more than 200 inches of that fell in April and May.Snowbird offered skiing until June 20.The Wasatch resorts average about 500 inches of powder snow every year.Rafferty says the 2 percent increase put the industry back on track. Traffic on the slopes has been up for the past five years except for last winter, when Utah recorded 3.97 million skier visits.
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