When it snows, those who enjoy sliding on the white stuff race for them thar hills.
Abundant snowfall last winter in Northern California and across the West produced great visitor numbers. California and Nevada had nearly 7.3 million visits during the 2015-16 season, up from about 4.4 million during the 2014-15 season, according to the California Ski Industry Assn.
Utah resorts recorded a 10-year high of nearly 4.5 million visits, according to Ski Utah.
And Colorado resorts topped 13 million skier visits for the first time, according to combined data from Colorado Ski Country USA, a trade group, and Vail Resorts.
California and other Western resort operators are...