The Beehive State may have experienced a cold and dry winter, but there was still enough snow to get people on the slopes.
Ski Utah recently released a report that said that Utah experienced a 5.4 percent increase in skier days during the 2012 to 2013 season, which ended Memorial Day. According to the National Ski Areas Association, skier days are defined as one person visiting a ski area for all or any part of a day or night for the purpose of skiing or snowboarding.
Utah performed better than the rest of the Rocky Mountain states, including Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming, which averaged an increase of 1.9 percent. On average, the ski industry brings about $1.3 billion to the state each year.
"It's really exciting for us to see the visits continue to grow and to see the word is spreading about all of the great things that Utah ski resorts have to offer," said Susie English, director of communications for Ski Utah.
The report covers all 14 ski resorts in Utah.
Ski Utah, which is the marketing arm of the state's ski industry, credits the increase on the improved economic recovery and the early snow storms.
Although the National Weather Service said the state experienced a snowfall that was about 70 to 75 percent of normal -- noticeably below average -- it still had more snowfall than last year.
Even with the diminished snow fall, this year, many resorts invested in snow making machines to provide better foundations.
English said bigger snow storms early in the season got skiers excited to book trips that carried through the rest of the year.
Skiers were able to make up for the skiing they missed out on the previous year.
"People were kind of pent up from last season," English said. "They were excited to get out."
National Weather Service Meteorologist Monica Traphagan said more snowfall during the later-half of the season, into April, allowed the snow to stick around longer.
Word of mouth also helped raise the awareness of an area that provides many ski possibilities within an hour of the international airport.
Local resorts, such as Powder Mountain, experienced a bigger increase than the state average, and could have done even better.
"Powder Mountain grew at a faster rate than the state average, but experienced a down tick in night skiing due to nightly closures in Ogden Canyon," Powder Mountain marketing manager Patrick Lundin said. "Once they come here one time and they experience the endless terrain and the amazing powder, they typically return year after year."
For those making ski plans for next year, some resorts, including Powder Mountain, have begun selling their season passes.
English said the big push began after Labor Day, but usually, a season pass is less expensive the earlier it is purchased.