By the Numbers: Winter 2009-2010

By the Numbers: Winter 2009-2010

Tina Orem
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$3.7 million: highest bid (unaccepted) for "Samson," a fossilized T. Rex offered in a Las Vegas auction in October

$5 million - $8 million: estimated purchase price for Samson one month later

$8.3 million: price paid for "Sue," a similar T. Rex, in 1997

 

$760 million: U.S. retail sales of snow sports equipment, 2008-2009 season

30: average age of a snow sports participant

20: percentage of female snowboarders who are over 35

 

622: Number of ski areas in the U.S., 1987-1988 season

481: Number of ski areas in the U.S., 2007-2008 season

 

20: annual percentage of Americans who relocated, 1970s

14: annual percentage of Americans who relocated, 2006

$11,680: average cost to ship household goods domestically, 2007

$9,514: average cost to ship household goods domestically, 2005

 

107,831: number of tax refund checks returned as "undeliverable" to the IRS, 2009

$123.5 million: value of those returned tax refund checks

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