Book Now For the January Meeting in Whistler! January 20-21, 2016 • Lodging: Aava Whistler Hotel We have a room block for the nights of January 19

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Whistler, BC

Book Now For the January Meeting in Whistler!

January 20-21, 2016

• Lodging:
Aava Whistler Hotel
We have a room block for the nights of January 19, 20, 21 - but you must book by December 11. Prices shown in Canadian dollars with approximate US equivalent based on today's exchange rate.

$195 CAD ($143 US) - 1 King or 1 Queen w/Sofa or 2 Queens

Rates outside our room block are as follows:
January 18 - $285 CAD ($210 US)
January 19 - $195 CAD ($143 US) - BLOCK
January 20 - $195 CAD ($143 US) - BLOCK
January 21 - $195 CAD ($143 US) - BLOCK
January 22 - $263 CAD ($193 US)

Terms: Non refundable full payment taken 14 days prior to arrival. No penalty for cancellations on or before 15 days prior to arrival. Cancellations within 14 days will be charged in full. After December 11, any rooms not booked will be released. Rooms may still be booked after this date based on availability and will be offered the best available rate at the time of booking.

To make a reservation:
By phone: 604-932-2522 or 1-800-663-5644, please mention Colorado Association of Ski Towns.
By email:, please mention Colorado Association of Ski Towns.

Whistler Cascade Lodge (Managed by Resort Quest Whistler)
There is no room block, reservations will be based on current availability at the time of booking, so please book early!

$172 CAD ($127 US) - Studio with Queen
$247 CAD ($182 US) - 1 Bedroom Suite with Queen and Queen Sofa

Terms: A deposit of one night's room and tax and ENTIRE Resort Fee is due at time of booking and is non-refundable. Full payment is due 30 days before arrival and non-refundable. Bookings made within 30 days of arrival are subject to FULL payment at time of booking and is non-refundable. Cancellations from time of booking up to 30 days prior to arrival are subject to loss of deposit. Cancellations within 30 days of arrival are subject to a penalty of full payment.

To make a reservation:
By phone: 1-866-854-8114, and please mention folio number 704392 and/or Colorado Association of Ski Towns.
By website: Go to, select Cascade Lodge for the Building Complex and enter COLORADO under Promo Code.

• Transportation
It is unlikely you will need to rent a car. Everything within the Whistler Village should be within walking distance, and you can take a shuttle from the Vancouver airport directly to either lodging property. Go to Pacific Coach to book your shuttle.

• Ski Passes
Whistler will be offering discounted ski passes for Thursday, January 21, so please go HERE to sign up.

The meeting AGENDA IS HERE. Subject to change.

• Whistler is asking for final numbers for the dinner, meeting and ski passes by December 21.


2016 Meeting Schedule - save the dates!

• January 20-21, 2016 - Regular meeting
Whistler, BC

• March 10, 2016 - Annual Legislative Meeting
Denver, CO

• June 23, 2016 - Annual Meeting & Reception during CML Conference
Vail, CO

• August 25-26, 2016 - Regular meeting
Fraser, CO

• October 27-28, 2016 - Regular meeting
Pagosa Springs, CO

• January 19-20, 2017 - Regular meeting
Ketchum, ID (tentative).

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Denver Capital Building

Annual Legislative Meeting

March 10, 2016 - Denver

Our annual legislative meeting will be held Thursday, March 10, at the CML offices at 1144 Sherman St. starting at 11:45am. Our legislative dinner will be at Maggiano's starting at 6:00pm. Now is the time to start inviting your legislators. The 2016 session of the Colorado General Assembly convenes on January 13, so please make a note to invite them before their schedules start filling up.

I will be sending out invitations in January, but a personal invite from each of you is much more important. The best source for your legislator's contact information, if you don't already have it, is the Colorado General Assembly website. If you get a confirmation that your legislator will be attending the dinner, be sure to let me know. If you have any questions, please contact me.

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Margaret Bowes

Introducing CAST's New Executive Director

Please join me in welcoming Margaret Bowes as your new Executive Director, taking over for me on February 1, 2016. Margaret grew up along the Colorado Front Range and has lived in Summit County for over 25 years. She is an avid skier, cyclist, rock climber, backpacker and traveler, and enjoys all of these pursuits with her husband, Richard and 13 year old son, Quinn.

She is currently the Director of the I-70 Mountain Corridor Coalition, a non-profit, membership organization that advocates for enhanced accessibility and mobility in the I-70 corridor through joint public and private transportation management efforts. Approximately 30 municipalities, counties and businesses along and adjacent to I-70 make up this organization’s membership, and the Coalition also works closely with other partners such as CDOT, Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Motor Carriers Association.

Margaret will continue her position with the I-70 Coalition, along with taking over the reigns for CAST. We are delighted that Margaret has accepted the position and you will get to meet her at our March 10 meeting in Denver.


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Changes in the CAST Board

Whenever elections occur or a member is term limited, we inevitably have some turnover in the CAST Board of Directors.

In October at the Estes Park meeting, we said goodbye to Stu Fraser, Telluride Mayor, who served on the CAST Board for nine years. Stu was term limited and we sincerely thank him for his time and service and wish him well in his future endeavors.

We also lost our president, Aaron "Huck" Huckstep, who fell short of his election bid in Crested Butte in November. Huck served on the CAST board since 2012 and just became president this past June, but in that short time he accomplished much for CAST. We are sorry to lose Huck and hope he somehow makes it back to CAST in the future.

The CAST presidency will be in good hands as former CAST vice president Stan Zemler, Vail Manager, will take over as president.

We have two new faces on the board, Dean Brookie (Durango Mayor) and Greg Clifton (Telluride Manager) who were appointed to fill the seats left by Stu and Huck. Welcome Dean and Greg!

Your Board of Directors are:
• Stan Zemler (Vail Manager) - President
• Dean Brookie (Durango Mayor) - Vice President
• Bill Efting (Frisco Manager) - Secretary/Treasurer
• Steve Skadron (Aspen Mayor) - At Large
• Greg Clifton (Telluride Manager) - At Large


Welcome New Members!

We have had some recent additions to CAST and I'm excited to welcome them to our group! Beaver Creek, Teton Village and Keystone fall under our Associate Member category as they are not technically municipalities, but provide municipal type functions and share the same goals and mission as CAST.

Town of Blue River- Nestled between Breckenridge and Hoosier Pass, the Town of Blue River sits along the Ten Mile Range in Summit County, Colorado. Established in 1964, Blue River is a residential community with hiking/biking trails and exclusive use of the Goose Tarn Pasture.

Beaver Creek Resort Company - The Beaver Creek Resort Company of Colorado combines a homeowners’ association and a resort association with some municipal services added. The Resort Company, a Colorado non-profit corporation, incorporated on April 30, 1979, was designed to help Beaver Creek become and remain a unique resort community.

Teton Village Association ISD - Located at the base of Jackson Hole, TVA is responsible for municipal-type functions in the commercial area of Teton Village, including construction and maintenance of the storm water drainage system, roads, snow removal, common area maintenance, transportation and traffic studies, Stilson Parking lot transportation, signage and other similar municipal functions.

Keystone Neighbourhood Company - The Keystone Neighbourhood Company (KNC) is an umbrella master association overseeing the areas of River Run, Ski Tip Ranch, Trappers Crossing, Alders Neighbourhoods, River Meadows and Settlers Creek Neighbourhoods in Keystone, CO.


The ASSEMBLY Hosted by DestiMetrics

January 29, 2016 - Denver

CAST and DestiMetrics would like to invite you to attend The ASSEMBLY, a gathering of like-minded individuals who have a vested interest in the success of mountain tourism. The ASSEMBLY will be held on January 29, 2016 at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center in conjunction with the SIA SnowShow. The one day collaborative educational event will focus on the lateral growth of the mountain tourism economy, both through the management of peak seasons and the marketing and further development of shoulder seasons (or valleys). Joined by a group of private and public sector stakeholders, and presented by several dozen contributing faculty, the agenda will provide a fact based situation assessment and market update during its morning general sessions. The afternoon will then offer a number of subject specific workshops and round-table discussions intended to engage attendees and share the case studies and best practices that have proven successful. For the evolving agenda, click here.

CAST members will receive $50 off the current retail registration rate, which is now $225, making your rate only $175. Use Promo Code CASTVIP when registering or click on the link below. Keep in mind that as we get closer to the event, the retail price will increase. Registration also includes entrance to the SIA SnowShow where the latest and greatest in outdoor gear & apparel will be on hand. For more information and to view the agenda go to The ASSEMBLY Website.

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!
On behalf of myself and the CAST board of directors, we wish you an abundance of friends, happiness, fun and great skiing this holiday season.

This will be my last newsletter, and it is with mixed emotions that I say goodbye to CAST as your executive director at the end of January. It has been one of the best experiences of my lifetime in this role and getting to work with all of you.

I look forward to seeing some of you at the January meeting, and even more of you at the March meeting. You will not be rid of me entirely, however, as I look forward to attending future CAST dinners with Gary.

In the meantime, please contact me with any needs or questions and have a wonderful holiday season.


Joyce Burford
Executive Director

Colorado Association of Ski Towns
P.O. Box 491
Frisco, CO 80443