Upcoming Meetings mark your calendars • JANUARY MEETING January 27-28, 2011 Snowmass Village, CO Hotel details: Stonebridge Inn Rate: $140.00/n

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• JANUARY MEETING

January 27-28, 2011
Snowmass Village, CO

Hotel details:
Stonebridge Inn
Rate: $140.00/night (Thursday night only)
Call: 866-956-6319
Mention: Colorado Association of Ski Towns

In order to get this rate, you must book by December 17. This is a special rate given to CAST as our meeting is being held during the X Games.

Agenda items:
Panel discussion from resort development experts - "What's Next for Resort Development?"
David Keyser - Economist, Colorado's State Demography Office
Kathay Rennels - Director of Economic Development, Colorado State University
Park City - Performance Measurement Update
CAST roundtable discussion

Complimentary Lift Tickets:
Snowmass Ski Resort is offering CAST members complimentary lift tickets for both Thursday and Friday. To reserve your tickets, go online to http://www.coskitowns.com/calendar.cast and click on the box in the calendar that says "ORDER LIFT TICKETS." Please indicate in comment section how many tickets, and for which day(s) - Thursday, Friday, or Both.

CAST Dinner:
Dinner will be held at the Artisan Restaurant in the Stonebridge Inn on Thursday, January 27.

RSVP:
RSVP for the dinner and the meeting at http://www.coskitowns.com/calendar.cast and click on the event date. If you are bringing a guest to dinner, please add them in the Comment section of the RSVP form.

• MARCH LEGISLATIVE MEETING

March 17, 2011
Denver, CO

• JUNE ANNUAL MEETING

June 23, 2011
Vail, CO

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Inaugural Conference of the Colorado Climate Network

There is just over a week to go until the inaugural conference of the Colorado Climate Network convenes in Golden!
When:
Wednesday - December 15, 2010 at 12:30 PM
Thursday - December 16, 2010 at 12:00 PM

The conference is for staff of local government climate, sustainability, energy, and utility programs; elected officials and managers of municipalities and counties; community energy coordinators; and staff of nonprofit organizations working with local governments on climate, sustainability, and energy programs. We encourage all CAST members to attend.

PLEASE FORWARD this to the appropriate staff within your municipality if you are interested in attending.

CLICK HERE to register and see the conference agenda.

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Survey Results

We recently sent out surveys for the towns of Aspen, Estes Park and Silverton. Attached are the survey results. Thanks goes to everyone who responded, your input is important in helping other CAST communities.

Aspen (Energy code or green building program) - CLICK HERE
Estes Park (Municipal holidays) - CLICK HERE
Silverton (Winter snow route enforcement) - CLICK HERE

If your town would like to survey our CAST members on an issue or question you are facing, please contact me at joyceb@coskitowns.com or 970-485-2737.

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CAST VRBO Tax Compliance Project Update

The VRBO Tax Compliance Project is underway, with many communities signing up with our contractor, Eye Street Solutions. If your community is interested in receiving more information on this project, please contact me at joyceb@coskitowns.com or 970-485-2737.

Proposed Legislation
Our VRBO committee chair, Tim Gagen, has approached the Colorado Municipal League with the following proposed legislation:

"Under current state law, VRBO websites are not included in the definition of agents that
need to supply information on short term rentals for compliance with state and local sales
and accommodation codes. Last year, the legislature amended §39-5-108.5 (e) C.R.S. to
add VRBO websites to the definition of “agent” who have to supply information on rentals to
the county assessor for personal property tax purposes. We would like to do the same for
sales and accommodation tax on rentals."

We Need Sponsors
CML has agreed to support our position on legislation to secure certain tax information from operators of VRBO websites, however, CAST must secure sponsorship of the legislation. We are asking our CAST communities to approach your State Representatives to see if they would be interested in supporting and sponsoring this legislation.

For more information please contact me or Tim Gagen.
Joyce Burford
joyceb@coskitowns.com
970-485-2737

Tim Gagen
timg@townofbreckenridge.com
970-453-3161

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Mountain Town News

CLICK HERE for the December issue of Mountain Town News.

Inside this issue:
Fallout from the bust: Battle Mountain in Colorado gets crucial water if not a full set of clothes, and the project formerly called Orvis Shorefox will be getting a new plan.

And today in Idaho: A bankruptcy judge heard arguments today in Boise about the future of the shuttered Tamarack Resort -- including a proposal to reopen it for limitation skiing operations this winter.

In California today: Ownership of Squaw Valley was transferred to the KSL Capital Partners. Squaw chief executive Andy Wirth outlines his strategic imperative and his strategic initiatives.

Snow to rain: Great, great snow this winter in many resorts -- but what will it be like in 30 or 40 years? Not much snow some years in the Tahoe Basin, according to both new and older studies.

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Board Retreat

The CAST board will hold its retreat on Thursday, December 16. If you have any ideas, suggestions or concerns that you'd like the board to discuss and review at their retreat, please let me know as soon as possible.

CAST Board
William Buck (Mt. Crested Butte Mayor) - President
Stuart Fraser (Telluride Mayor) - Vice President
Tim Gagen (Breckenridge Manager) - Sec./Treasurer
Michael Penny (Frisco Manager) - Member At Large
Dick Cleveland (Vail Mayor) - Member At Large

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Happy Holidays!
On behalf of myself and the CAST board of directors, we'd like to wish you all a happy and prosperous Holiday Season.

I look forward to seeing you all at the January meeting, which is shaping up to be a fun and informative meeting. As always, please contact me with any needs or questions.

Sincerely,

Joyce Burford
Executive Director

Colorado Association of Ski Towns
P.O. Box 2973
Winter Park, CO 80482
970.485.2737
joyceb@coskitowns.com

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