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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for December 26

WASHINGTON, Dec. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26: SKIING

Profile America — Wednesday, December 26th.  Many avid skiers are headed to the slopes these days, anxious to try out the new equipment and colorful hats, gloves, and jackets they received for Christmas.  It's the height of the skiing season, and the lodges and ski lifts at resorts are getting crowded.  Skiing was introduced to America in the 1840s and '50s by Norwegians and Swedes, who came to the U.S. as part of the Gold Rush.  The first winter Olympics were held in 1924.  Today, snow means fun and excitement for millions of fans of downhill and cross-country skiing, as well as snowboarding.  There are close to 400 ski facilities across the U.S., and those who enjoy them spend $2.2 billion during their days of fun each year.  Profile America is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources:  2007 Economic Census, NAICS 713920

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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