Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2017

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Jonathan Hughes

Second Advisor

Martin Boileau

Third Advisor

Peter Newton


The skiing industry is perceived as heavily influenced by weather conditions and snowfall totals. This analysis serves as an empirical work highlighting the lack of correlation between ski visits and snowfall to 15 resorts in Colorado from 1995-2004. Lowess curve graphs, ordinary least squares, fixed effects, quantile snowfall tests, and snowfall thresholds were the econometric methods used that yielded no convincing evidence. Rather, a strong relationship is drawn between ski visits and other variables such as number of trails, snowmaking capabilities, acreage of resort and income by county. This paper strives to apply meaning to such results.

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Economics Commons