By Charlie Lunan

Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc. (NYSE:SNOW), which owns Steamboat, Stratton and four other mountain resorts, cut losses at its mountain segment by nearly $3 million in the quarter ended September 30 thanks to growing summer visits.

The company grew revenue at its mountain segment by $4.2 million, or 8.5 percent, to $54 million. Adjusted EBITDA improved by $2.7 million, or 13.1 percent, to a loss of $18.1 million.

Nearly 60 percent of the sales increase came from lodging and food and beverage operations, which accounted for about half of Intrawest’s mountain revenue during the quarter. Revenues from lift and retail and rental operations, which better reflect spending on outdoor activities and gear, reached $4.75 million and $7.60 million, up 19 and 2 percent respectively.

Sales of season passes and other “frequency products” for the upcoming winter ski and snowboard season were up 12.4 percent compared to a year earlier. Excluding free children passes, unit sales increased 9.5 percent. Winter reservations at Canadian Mountain Holidays, which is the largest heli-ski operator in North America, were up 8.6 percent in dollar terms.

Intrawest owns Steamboat and Winter Park resorts in Colorado, Stratton in Vermont, Snowshoe in West Virginia, Tremblant in Quebec and Blue Mountain in Ontario, Canada.

Photo courtesy Steamboat/Intrawest