August Meeting August 28-29 - Durango • Lodging Options Best Western Rio Grande Inn - Rate of $159 (Deadline TODAY, July 28) 400 E. Second Ave. C

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Durango, CO

August Meeting

August 28-29 - Durango

• Lodging Options
Best Western Rio Grande Inn - Rate of $159 (Deadline TODAY, July 28)
400 E. Second Ave.
Call 800-245-4466 and mention Colorado Association of Ski Towns.

Durango Downtown Inn - Rate of $139 (you must book by August 21)
800 Camino Del Rio
Call 866-306-5438 and mention Colorado Association of Ski Towns.

Durango Lodge - Rates of $135-$140 for Thursday night only (recommended if you're only staying one night)
150 E. 5th St.
Call 888-440-4489

• RSVP for the Meeting
Please go to our website to rsvp for the dinner and meeting.

• The meeting AGENDA IS HERE.


Ouray, CO

Upcoming Meetings - mark your calendars

October 23-24, 2014
Ouray, CO

January 23-24, 2015
Dillon, CO

March 12, 2015
Denver, CO

June 18, 2015
Breckenridge, CO

August 27-28, 2015
Fraser, CO

October 22-23, 2015

January 21-22, 2016
Whistler, B.C.


CAST Board Elections

At our CAST annual meeting held on June 19 during the CML Conference, we held board elections. This year, we had three seats open and all the incumbents were re-seated. The board then holds their board of directors annual meeting and appoints officers.

Your board members and officers are:
Steve Skadron (Aspen Mayor) - President
Aaron "Huck" Huckstep (Crested Butte Mayor) - Vice President
Stan Zemler (Vail Manager) - Secretary/Treasurer
Stu Fraser (Telluride Mayor) - At Large
Tim Gagen (Breckenridge Manager) - At Large

I'd like to thank David Clayton, Mayor of Mt. Crested Butte, for running for the CAST Board. We very much appreciate your interest and may call on your service in the future! John Ferguson, Ouray Council Member, was also going to run for the board but had to withdraw due to health reasons. John has also had to resign from the Ouray city council and our thoughts and well wishes go out to him.

I have attached the minutes from the Board of Directors Annual Meeting HERE. Please let me know if you have any questions.

New Website

CAST Website Has a New Look!

Just this morning we've launched a new website with a whole new look. Members are more prominently displayed and rotate on the home page. If you would like either your photo and/or description changed, please let me know.

Also, if you RSVP'd for the Durango meeting on the old site, never fear, I have your RSVP. And I will be continuing to add content while the new site is live, so if you see something missing that you think should be on there, be sure to let me know. Thanks to our webmaster, O2 Creative, for working with me to create the new site.


The Graves Family

CAST Member Transitions

First off, a big congratulations to Anthony Graves, Director of Regional Affairs for Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock! He and his wife, Sakari, welcome their new baby girl, Kinley, born on June 4. CAST sends you and your family our best wishes!

Also celebrating a new baby girl are Dan Gibbs, Summit County Commissioner, and his wife, Johanna. Grace Jeanne Gibbs was born May 6 and is bringing great joy to the new parents. Congratulations and warm wishes!

Jackson, Wyoming town manager, Bob McLaurin, has his hands full as he takes on the role of interim manager for Teton County, while still remaining manager for Jackson. Good luck Bob! He takes over for Steve Foster, who resigned in June. Many of you remember Steve who attended a few of our CAST meetings. We wish Steve all the best in his new endeavors.

The Snowmass Village Town Council appointed Clint Kinney as Town Manager. He will start on September 15, 2014. Kinney has served as the City Manager of Fruita, Colorado since 2002. Gary Suiter will continue to serve as Interim Town Manager until Kinney’s start date on September 15th. We look forward to welcoming Clint to CAST when he starts his new position.

The Dillon Town Council hired Tom Breslin as its next town manager who started his new position on July 14. Before that, Breslin served as county administrator for Clear Creek County. He takes over for Joe Wray, who was also fairly active in CAST. We congratulate and welcome Tom, and also wish Joe well in his next venture.

We say a fond farewell to Jim White, former manager of Minturn and a strong supporter of CAST who was a familiar face at almost every CAST meeting. Jim has given his time and leadership to many organizations, including CIRSA, CML, CCCMA and NWCOG and he will be missed in CAST. The Town of Minturn is happy to announce the appointment of William "Willy" Powell as its Acting Town Manager. Mr. Powell will work on a half-time basis until a permanent Manager is appointed, expected to take place the first quarter of 2015.

Lastly, congratulations go to Patrick Rondinelli (Ouray Administrator), Kim Cancelosi (Frisco Council Member), and Christina Rinderle (Durango Council Member and now CML Vice President) for getting elected to the CML Executive Board at the CML Annual Conference in June. Already sitting on the CML Board are Joe Gierlach (Nederland Mayor), Dave Sturges (Glenwood Springs Council Member), and Debbie Ortega (Denver Council Member). CAST is well represented and thank you all!

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


Ketchum, Idaho

Welcome New Members

Ketchum, Idaho

We'd like to welcome back Ketchum, Idaho to the CAST family. Ketchum was a member of CAST a few years ago and we're happy to have them back! They have also hired a new city administrator, Suzanne Frick, who is expected to start August 18. Frick has been assistant city manager in Long Beach for the past seven years, and was previously director of planning and building. Congratulations Suzanne and we look forward to meeting you at a future CAST meeting!


Bob Delves, Mountain Town Solutions

Mountain Town Solutions

We'd also like to welcome Bob Delves, former mayor of Mountain Village, who has formed a small consulting firm called Mountain Town Solutions which has joined CAST as an Associate Member. Through Mountain Town Solutions, Bob brings his clients a unique blend of experiences from both the private and public sector. Bob spent 25 years at Accenture, a global management and technology consultancy, and the next ten years as an elected official, non-profit board member, and investor. Thank you, Bob, for sponsoring our cocktail hour at the upcoming Durango meeting.


Public Comment Reminder

USDA Forest Service proposed directive on ski area water rights

Just a reminder that the public comment period for the Forest Service's proposed directive on ski area water rights ends August 22. You can submit comments online by going HERE.

Gunnison County

Summer's On the Run!

Summer is flying by and I hope everyone has been has been enjoying it and are planning on attending our upcoming meeting in Durango. The staff at the City of Durango and the Durango Tourism Office have been working hard to make our meeting fun and enjoyable. They've put together a great list of fun activities to do while we're there. Don't forget to make your lodging reservations and to RSVP as soon as possible.

As always, I'm here if there's a particular topic or issue that you'd like CAST to address, please don't hesitate to contact me or one of our Board of Directors.

See you in August!


Joyce Burford
Executive Director

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