Book Now For Our October Meeting October 23-24 - Ouray 1. Lodging options: • Ouray Chalet Inn - Rate of $55 per night Call 800-924-2538 and mentio

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Book Now For Our October Meeting

October 23-24 - Ouray

1. Lodging options:

Ouray Chalet Inn - Rate of $55 per night
Call 800-924-2538 and mention Colorado Association of Ski Towns.

St. Elmo Hotel - Rates from $95-$120
Call 970-325-4951

2. Hot Springs Pool - The City of Ouray will also be providing FREE passes to their Hot Springs Pool. More details to come on how to receive these.

3. Hike along Perimeter Trail - Patrick Rondinelli, Ouray City Administrator, will be hosting a hike along the Ouray Perimeter Trail on Thursday afternoon, October 23. Please meet at the Ouray Visitor Center at 1:30pm.

4. Please RSVP - Please go to our website to RSVP.

5. The AGENDA can be found HERE. (subject to change)


Upcoming Meetings - save the dates!

• January 23-24, 2015 - Regular meeting
Dillon, CO

• March 12, 2015 - Annual Legislative Meeting
Denver, CO

• June 18, 2015 - Annual Meeting & Reception during CML Conference
Breckenridge, CO

• August 27-28, 2015 - Regular meeting
Fraser, CO

• October 22-23, 2015 - Regular meeting
Estes Park, CO

• January 21-22, 2016 - Regular meeting
Whistler, B.C.

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Durango Mayor Sweetie Marbury addresses the group

August Meeting Recap

Thank you Durango

A huge thank you to the City of Durango for hosting a terrific meeting in August. The weather and hospitality was fantastic and we all had a wonderful time.

Mayor Sweetie Marbury, City Manager Ron LeBlanc and staff put on a great presentation while in costume highlighting the impressive programs their city has put in place.

Jeremy Nelson of REgeneration Strategies talked about transportation and land use issues facing Colorado ski towns and Nate Fristoe of RRC Associates gave a fascinating presentation on the changing demographics in the ski industry with some interesting facts about millennials.

We also had a legislative update from Representative Mike McLachlan, who is the state representative for the district that encompasses Durango.

Nate Fristoe's presentation on changing demographics and millennials can be found HERE.


Challenges Facing the New Sharing Economy

Regulation vs. Airbnb

Anyone who has ever rented a beach house on Airbnb or taken a ride with Uber has unwittingly stepped into a long brewing conflict over how the sharing economy fits in with local regulation -- often with regulators charging companies with disrupting local laws while earning massive profits by assisting in providing potentially illegal services.

In New York, that conflict is coming to a head for Airbnb. Since last fall when New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office subpoenaed information about the roughly 15,000 hosts renting out space in the city on the service in an effort to track down renters dodging lodging taxes or running illegal hotels. Following months of vocal resistance, Airbnb has agreed to share data on thousands of New York users with the state’s attorney general. The San Francisco company will partially anonymize the data it shares on its users.

Listen to this Podcast (where you can either listen or read the transcript) shared by Crested Butte Mayor Aaron Huckstep, which covers the regulatory challenges of internet services like Airbnb that CAST members have been dealing with for a while. It contains interesting commentary and discussion, with good info on what New York is doing to regulate some of the activity.

If you have a topic that you'd like to share with the membership, please let me know at

Teton County

SHIFT Festival in Jackson Hole, October 8-12

SHIFT Festival, Jackson Hole

October 8-12

Join your colleagues and friends at this year’s SHIFT Festival, October 8-12, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. SHIFT is offering a 25% discount to Colorado Association of Ski Town members.

Mountain resort communities face unique challenges in providing services for residents and visitors, while sustaining the environment, economy and quality of life in the places they love. SHIFT, Jackson Hole’s fall conservation festival, is bringing together North America’s top leaders in sustainable community development for a five-day festival exploring sustainability issues specific to resort communities.

Leaders from communities such as Aspen, Estes Park, Vail, Park City, Whistler and Jackson will be gathering to look at best practices in areas such ski area sustainability, land management and recreation, waste management, sustainable food, renewable energy and transportation. In addition, nightly happy hours, sustainable dinner discourses, world-renowned speakers such as Auden Schendler, Barry Lopez, Jeremy Jones and Dr. Marion Nestle, film premieres and music round out a great 5-day festival celebrating the future of conservation.

There are THREE programs that the SHIFT organizers thought would be of interest to CAST Members:

1. Invitation-only Transportation Workshop.
2. Tools for Tomorrow program focusing on transportation.
3. SHIFT Summit: Culture - an exploration of conservation and the built environment.

SHIFT is offering Colorado Association of Ski Town members a 25% discount on the all festival pass (use ticketing code: SHIFTCONS). Discounted lodging and guided adventures are also available to SHIFT participants.

For a full schedule of events, as well as ticketing and lodging information, visit, or contact Rebecca Katz at, (360) 441-5620.

Please FORWARD this information to other members or staff who you think might be interested.

Park City

It's A Record-Breaking Summer For High Country Business

It's official - Colorado's high country is on track to set a record for summer business. The information from Denver-based DestiMetrics is based on the number of rooms booked and just how much money businesses in resort towns took in.

"Summer business continued its strong performance through August with double-digit growth in every month from May through August," DestiMetrics Director Ralf Garrison said in a statement. "Although we still have two more months to add to our final summer tally, we know the record is set and we are now going to turn our focus to the upcoming winter," he added.

Source: CBS4 Denver Read More.....

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Enjoy the beautiful fall colors!

CAST Board Retreat

The CAST board will hold its annual board retreat on October 23 in Ouray the day before our regular meeting. This is your chance to give us feedback on the direction you'd like to see this organization take. Please feel free to contact me or any of our Board Members with ideas, concerns or suggestions.

Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful fall weather and see you in Ouray!


Joyce Burford
Executive Director

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