June Annual Meeting & Reception JUNE 18 - 4:00-6:00pm Breckenridge, CO • Our CAST Annual Meeting & Reception will take place at the CML Conference.

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June Annual Meeting & Reception

JUNE 18 - 4:00-6:00pm

Breckenridge, CO

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

• Location will be the Mt. Elbert Ballroom in the Doubletree Hotel. The Doubletree is located just down the street from Beaver Run Resort where the CML Conference is held.

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

Upcoming Meetings - mark your calendars


August 27-28, 2015
Vail, CO


October 22-23, 2015
Estes Park, CO


January 20-21, 2016
Whistler, BC


CAST Board Elections

Are you interested in running?

We will hold elections for the CAST executive board at our annual meeting at the CML Conference on Thursday, June 18, 4:00-6:00pm. This year, there are TWO board seats open:

• Steve Skadron, Mayor of Aspen, will seek re-election.
• Tim Gagen, Manager of Breckenridge, will be stepping off the board.

Depending on the number of candidates running, the top two vote-getters will be seated.

Eligible candidates can be either an elected council member or trustee, or the non-elected chief administrator from a CAST member municipality in good standing. Associate members are not eligible.

The time commitment to serve on the board is minimal. Most business is done by email with executive meetings, if necessary, being held the day before our regular meetings. Plus, we hold and an annual meeting and an annual retreat. If you are interested in running for the CAST board, please let me know as soon as possible at joyceb@coskitowns.com.

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Meeting in Whistler, BC

January 20-21, 2016

We are all looking forward to our meeting next January in Whistler! According to the survey I sent in January this year, the majority of you requested a mid-week meeting to help save on traveling costs. The date has now been confirmed and will be a Wednesday-Thursday meeting on January 20-21, 2016.

The other survey feedback was that you'd like to see a longer agenda to make the trip more worthwhile. I have put together a rough draft of the agenda which you can find HERE. Please look for a survey on what topics you'd like to cover in the breakout sessions in the next couple of weeks.

I will also get together the lodging information as soon as possible to send to you. Whistler is a 2.5 hour drive from Vancouver International Airport, or 5 hours from Seattle WA, if you want to take a longer, scenic route. When I last checked, roundtrip airfare from Denver to Vancouver on Kayak.com on Alaska Airlines was as low as $419+ with a stopover in Seattle (departing Tuesday, January 19 and returning Friday, January 22). Roundtrip Denver to Seattle for the same dates was $217+, but these rates change daily, so I recommend setting a price alert to your email.

I would encourage you to talk with fellow CAST members and inquire about sharing rental cars and/or lodging to save on costs. We hope that you can start planning in your budget to make this trip possible!


Aaron "Huck" Huckstep, Mayor of Crested Butte

Members On the Move

Congratulations to Crested Butte Mayor Aaron "Huck" Huckstep for being awarded a Fellowship from the Gates Family Foundation to Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Each year the Gates Family Foundation sends up to six individuals to participate in the three-week Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard.

This Spring some of our CAST towns held elections and mayoral appointments, and we saw some changes in names and faces. Dean Brookie, Christina Rinderle and Keith Brant were the big winners in Durango's City Council election. Brookie will be the mayor for three years based on being the top vote-getter and the council’s tradition for rotating the gavel. Former mayor, Sweetie Marbury, will remain on the council.

Glenwood Springs saw some changes as well with council member Dave Sturges being term limited and leaving the council, and Mike Gamba as their new mayor.

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron, and current CAST President, won his second term and successfully defended his seat against challenger Torre, who was making his fifth bid for mayor.

And Denver Mayor Michael Hancock easily cruised to his second term but will face a much-changed council, thanks to term limits and six open seats on the 13-member council.

Congratulations to you all!

If I've overlooked any of you and you've had some recent changes, be sure to let me know at joyceb@coskitowns.com.


Tim Gagen To Step Off CAST Board

I, and the rest of the CAST Board, would like to thank Tim Gagen, Manager of Breckenridge, for his many years of service on the CAST Board of Directors. Tim will be stepping down from his board seat at our annual meeting in June. He has served on the Board since 2001 and his experience and historical perspective on CAST have been invaluable. He has been the idea man and driving force behind many of CAST's policies and projects, and has been instrumental in making CAST what it is today.

The short-term rental tax compliance project that CAST undertook in 2009, and is still ongoing now, along with the issues around online travel companies, are just a couple of examples of projects that were spearheaded by Tim.

Thankfully, he will remain a member of CAST so we can hopefully still draw on his expertise!


South Fork, Colorado

Welcome New Members!

We have two new members from Southwest Colorado to welcome to CAST! Both towns are near Wolf Creek Ski Area.

South Fork, Colorado

Although South Fork’s official birthday was in 1992, the actual town itself has been around a long time, with roots in the railroad and logging industries dating back to the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad in 1882--but the town didn’t actually annex until 1992. Located at the junction of Hwy 160 & Hwy 149 on the edge of the San Luis Valley, South Fork is the starting point and gateway to the Silver Thread Scenic & Historic Byway linking the towns of South Fork, Creede, Lake City, and Gunnison in Southwest Colorado.

The Town of South Fork is a Statutory town governed by a board consisting of seven members, which includes a Mayor and 6 Trustees. Their interim town manager is Tom Acre, formerly with Commerce City.


Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Located thirty minutes west of the Continental Divide and Wolf Creek Ski Area, Pagosa Springs is surrounded by the San Juan National Forest and Southern Ute Indian lands. The San Juan River flows through the heart of town and Pagosa Springs is famous for their natural hot springs, or "healing waters", ("Pagosah" is a Southern Ute word for "healing waters").

The Town of Pagosa Springs is a Home Rule municipality governed by its Home Rule Charter and is a Council-Manager form of government. Their town manager is Greg Schulte.


Member-to-Member Task Force Assistance

New Member Benefit

At our board retreat last October 2014, one of the special projects put into place by the board was a task force assistance program to help CAST members in crisis or who are grappling with a certain issue. CAST will send in a team of experts gathered from other CAST towns or counties, or outside specialists if necessary, for a day to meet with you, your staff and other community leaders to consult on whatever issue you may be dealing with, whether it be housing, transportation, marijuana, development, etc.

Our first case study was Estes Park and the purpose of the visit was to understand what workforce and affordable housing projects and programs Estes Park has in place, assets dedicated toward or available for housing, and general issues faced by the town related to producing housing. In January CAST sent three experts with extensive housing and planning experience and their itinerary included a site tour of Estes Park followed by meetings with the Estes Park Housing Authority, the Economic Development Corporation housing committee and the Estes Park Town Council. The intent of the tour and meetings was to gather information and learn about the housing issues facing the town, as well as to share ideas and observations on how the town may move forward in addressing its affordable, workforce and seasonal housing needs.

If you'd like more information on this important new benefit, please contact me at 970-485-2737 or joyceb@coskitowns.com.


RBO Study & Best Practices Guide

At our January 2015 meeting in Dillon the CAST Board of Directors, with positive feedback from the membership, voted to commission a study and best practices guide on how communities are dealing with the Rent-By-Owner market and its impact on revenues, neighborhoods, affordable housing, etc.

Melanie Rees of Rees Consulting Inc., along with housing consultant Wendy Sullivan and Chris Cares from RRC, have been working diligently on the study and the first draft was presented to the board last week. Some changes and revisions were made and we hope to have the final issue available shortly within the coming weeks.

Please look for an email from me announcing it's availability and how to obtain a copy. Thank you to the participating CAST communities who made this study possible.

Eagle County

Happy Spring!

I hope you all are enjoying our wet, moist spring and have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

As always, don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns or feedback and I look forward to seeing many of you in June!


Joyce Burford
Executive Director

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