Officials: Banner year for winter sports tourism

Jim McKenna is president and CEO of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism and the Lake Placid Convention and Visitors Bureau.

He says it's too soon to say how the booming winter season will translate to dollars and cents, but he predicts that trends beginning last year will continue and sales tax and occupancy tax revenues will keep climbing.

"How we see the difference is in mid-week activity," McKenna said. "And mid-week activity seems to be up a little bit.

"We won't really know January's numbers for another week or so," he added. "But we think we're probably going to continue the trend that started last year and be up over last year's numbers. We'll build from there - at this point things look good; you never know because anything can happen in the winter."

Temperatures have been high this week, and rain is predicted to last through the weekend.

But forecasters anticipate that colder temperatures will return next week, with more snow on the horizon.

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