Upcoming Meetings • JUNE MEETING CML ANNUAL CONFERENCE - June 21-24 - Vail Our CAST Session and Annual Meeting & Reception will take place at the C

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Our CAST Session and Annual Meeting & Reception will take place at the CML Conference.

CAST Session - Thursday, June 23 - 2:15-3:30pm

Ski! A Century of Colorado Skiing (documentary film)
Film provided by Rocky Mountain PBS

For more than 100 years, the best skiing in the world has been Colorado. Break trail with the pioneers of ski history and hear from Olympic skiers, historians, inventors, soldiers, and ski bums.

Presenter: Jerry Groswold, Former President of Winter Park Resort and Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame inductee.

CAST Annual Meeting & Reception - Thursday, June 23 - 3:30-5:30pm

Mezzaluna Restaurant - Lion Square Lodge

In addition to CAST members, friends, family and all CML attendees are welcome to the reception.


August 25-26, 2011
Grand Lake, CO


October 27-28, 2011
Park City, UT


CAST Elections and Annual Meeting

We will be having elections for the CAST Board of Directors at our Annual Meeting during the CML Conference on Thursday, June 23, 3:30-5:30pm. There are two positions open on the CAST board.

If you are interested in running for the CAST board, please let me know no later than Monday, June 13. Eligible candidates can be either an elected council member or trustee, or the non-elected town manager/administrator from a CAST member municipality in good standing.

Your current board members are:
* William Buck, Mayor, Mt. Crested Butte (term expires June 2012)
* Dick Cleveland, Mayor, Vail (term expires June 2011)
* Tim Gagen, Manager, Breckenridge (term expires June 2011)
* Michael Penny, Manager, Frisco (term expires June 2012)
* Stuart Fraser, Mayor, Telluride (term expires June 2012)


Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP)

As a CAST member you can automatically take advantage of CAST's annual subscription to MTRiP’s Mountain Travel Intelligence Pack. MTRiP offer members the ability to track mountain destination lodging performance, overall economic trends and relevant news by way of the www.mtrip.org portal. Outlined below are the series of products that are included in our annual subscription.

Each CAST member has been given unique user credentials to access this information. If you don’t have a username and password, please contact Katie Barnes at kbarnes@mtrip.org or 970-390-4370.

Mountain Market Briefing: A monthly summary of market conditions and industry-wide performance
Each month, the Mountain Market Briefing gives you the bigger picture behind MTRiP’s measurement of lodging performance within the industry. In addition to an overview of occupancy, ADR and RevPAR at the industry level, the Briefing highlights important trends and changes in the market, analyzing their impact on destination mountain travel. Combining numbers and narrative, the Briefing is the perfect package for professionals who want to quickly and easily grasp what’s happening in the industry.

Travel News Talker: Daily news collection that tracks economic, travel and mountain resort activity
Our analysts continuously comb news feeds and the Web to gather national economic, travel/tourism and consumer information, filtering the articles most relevant to you and the mountain travel industry. News is published regularly throughout the week on our web portal and can also be delivered directly to your inbox via RSS feed.

Econometrics: Following the key economic and travel metrics upon which destination tourism depends
Since mountain travel businesses and their consumers are impacted heavily by economic, political, environmental and competitive influences, we monitor and update you each month on a wide variety of important indicators, ranging from national economic and travel information to local sales and lodging tax data. Specific indicators include the Consumer Confidence Index, Travel Price Index, U.S. Foreign Exchange Rate, National Domestic Enplanements, U.S. National Hotel/Motel Occupancy and Lodging Tax Collections in mountain towns.

Mountain Travel Newsletter: One-stop-shop for destination mountain travel news

Delivered right to your inbox each month, this e-newsletter is filled with recent and relevant news, exclusive interviews, industry insights and articles about the issues that matter most to destination mountain travel professionals.

If your town hasn't taken advantage of this program, and you'd like more information please contact me at joyceb@coskitowns.com or 970-485-2737, or Katie Barnes at kbarnes@mtrip.org or 970-390-4370.


CAST Financials and 2011 Budget

The CAST Board of Directors has approved our 2011 Budget.

If you would like to receive a copy of the CAST budget and financials, please contact me at joyceb@coskitowns.com or 970-485-2737.



Okay, we had a great ski season, but it can stop snowing now! For those of you who are tired of the snow (like me), I hope you are heading toward warmer climes for vacation.

As we plan for our upcoming meetings, please send me your ideas and suggestions for speakers and topics, and ways in general that CAST can improve your member benefits.

On another note, Greg Sparks, Manager at Mountain Village, will be leaving on May 27 to take a position as City Manager of West Des Moines, Iowa. Best wishes to you Greg, and good luck in your new position.

Hope to see you all in June!


Joyce Burford
Executive Director

Colorado Association of Ski Towns
P.O. Box 2973
Winter Park, CO 80482