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Survey says: Ski industry has reason for optimism

The final analysis of the 2017-18 ski and snowboard season is in, and while snowsport visits – the measure of lift tickets sold –  in the U.S. were down over the previous year, the industry is finding some reason for optimism, according to the recently published Kottke End of Season Study.  Read more.   https://www.aspendailynews.com/news/survey-says-ski-industry-has-reason-for-optimism/article_9a6042f2-bfa3-11e8-9b9f-77b9cb67611d.html

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Vail community survey shows parking complaints, out-of-town housing support

Every two years, Vail conducts a community survey. The 2018 edition showed the town is doing a lot right. This year’s survey showed strong support — 46 percent strongly support and 30 percent somewhat support — for town involvement in cooperative, deed-restricted housing projects outside of town. A total of 70 percent support allowing developers […]

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Ski buffs gear up for early season in region

Sunday was an “early Christmas present” for Caroline Corvino of Campbell Hall. She’s been snowboarding for about 20 years, but being on the slopes at Mount Peter Ski Area on Sunday was a special treat, she said. Read more

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Air service helps drive the economy in Eagle County

The EGE Air Alliance and Eagle County Regional Airport have recently announced an increase in air seat capacity for the 2017-18 winter season. Additional seats have been added to flights from Chicago and Phoenix. New service from Salt Lake City and San Francisco has also been added. More…

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Aspen Summer Visitor Study Results

The summer season visitor to Aspen is most likely to hail from Colorado and will spend an average of $306 per day in the resort community, according to research conducted by RRC Associates.  The Aspen Chamber Resort Association presented the study of 2016 non-winter guests, which also found that more than a quarter of Aspen’s summer […]

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In Climbing Mode

A study of how to position Aspen as the epicenter of uphill fitness in North America found that brand-building, plus more events and infrastructure related to earning your turns, could put the valley and region in position to take advantage of a growing sector of the snow sports industry. The city-commissioned “Uphill Economic Development Plan,” […]

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Ski Industry Targeting Millennials

Millennials represent the largest group of snowboarders and skiers, but they also participate the fewest number of days per season. The figures show that the industry will need to increase the frequency of the millennial participant to match that of the exiting baby boomer. “That’s a significant wakeup call for us,” said Nate Fristoe, director of […]

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Report on Mountain Recreation in Valdez Published

A long anticipated report that compares the merits and drawbacks to three competing projects to develop mountain recreation in Valdez has been published. The report, commissioned by the council in 2015, is a voluminous compilations that takes an in-depth look at existing summer tourism in Valdez and lucrative winter sports industry. Read more from the Valdez […]

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Mt. Bachelor a Peak Northwest Experience

For decades, Mount Bachelor has lured skiers to Central Oregon with the promise of consistent, fresh powder and some of the finest downhill skiing in the Pacific Northwest. Its lack of surrounding development or overnight accommodations makes it a relative bargain compared to luxury resorts in the heart of the Rocky Mountain range.  

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