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SNOW OK; SPENDING GREAT

The snow wasn't that great, but the winter of 1988-89 was the best ever financially for the state's ski industry, the Utah Ski Association says.

"Total skier days for 1988-89 totaled 2,572,154 - an increase of 8.6 percent from the previous season," said Bob Bailey, association executive director."Even though total snowfall for the season was below average for the third consecutive year," Bailey said, "the snow came early and set the tone for the entire year.

"The past winter goes on record as the best ski season ever for Utah."

"The economic impact of Utah's skier day increase will not just be felt in the ski industry," he said. "It also will produce upwards of $2 million additional dollars collected in state and local taxes. That's good for the entire state."