January Meeting January 23-24 - Jackson, WY • Lodging: Antler Inn - government rate of $78/night - 307-733-2535 or 800-522-2406 (Deadline January 1

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Jackson, WY

January Meeting

January 23-24 - Jackson, WY

• Lodging:
Antler Inn - government rate of $78/night - 307-733-2535 or 800-522-2406 (Deadline January 10)

The Lexington Hotel - rates of $99-$109/night - please contact Frank Lane directly at flane@wyoming.com or phone 307.200.6080 between 9am-4pm. (The deadline to guarantee these rates has passed, but you can call to see if still available)

• Ski Passes:
1. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is offering CAST complimentary ski passes to all attendees and their spouses. You will receive a Two of Three day lift ticket and you will be able to choose which two days you ski.
2. Snow King Mountain is also offering complimentary ski passes, so you will have the option of skiing there as well.

Please sign up for your TICKETS HERE.

The meeting AGENDA IS HERE. Subject to change.

RSVP HERE for the dinner and the meeting.

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Annual Legislative Meeting

March 13 - Denver

Our annual legislative meeting will be held Thursday, March 13, at the CML offices starting an 11:45am. The dinner will be at Maggiano's starting at 6:00pm. Now is the time to invite your legislators! The first session of the Colorado General Assembly convenes this week on January 8, so now is the time to contact them to invite them to our dinner before their schedules fill up.

I will be sending out invitations, but a personal invite from 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.


The Assembly hosted by DestiMetrics

January 31 - Denver

Once again, DestiMetrics (formerly MTRiP) is hosting The Assembly on January 31, in conjunction with the SIA Show in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. As a sponsor of this year's Assembly, CAST is able to offer all of our members a discounted rate of $145 to attend The Assembly, which includes a pass to the SIA Show. To register, go to the Assembly website and use code cast14.

The deadline to register is Friday, January 10 to get the $145 CAST rate. Please FORWARD this information to any of your staff or elected officials whom you think might be interested in attending.

The Assembly Agenda provides an annual assessment of the destination mountain travel industry. With a FactBase foundation and a collaborative approach to broadening the economy, The Assembly is committed to fostering knowledge. They're particularly proud of the Agenda this year, in part because it is being created by a unique crowd-sourced survey, so thanks to all of you who participated.

Special thanks goes to CAST board member, Stu Fraser, Mayor of Telluride, who will be representing CAST as a presenter at The Assembly this year.


Aaron "Huck" Huckstep

Member News

In November 2013 some of our towns held elections for their elected officials and we'd like to congratulate Aaron "Huck" Huckstep for winning his re-election bid for mayor of Crested Butte. Huck also sits on the CAST board of directors, and we're happy to have him continue our board. Andy Beerman, council member from Park City, UT, put up a great campaign for mayor, but in the end lost to Jack Thomas. Andy, however, will remain on council and we look forward to seeing him at future meetings and welcome Mayor Thomas who gets sworn in tonight. We also say a fond farewell and good luck to former Park City mayor since 2001, Dana Williams, who did not seek re-election.

Also, congratulations to Ouray city administrator, Patrick Rondinelli, for getting appointed to the CML Executive Board representing the small population category. Well done! Other CAST members sitting on the CML board are Mt. Crested Butte mayor, William Buck; Minturn manager, Jim White; Glenwood Springs council member, Dave Sturges; Durango council member, Christina Rinderle, and Denver council member, Debbie Ortega.

After 13 1/2 years as Silverthorne town manager and long time CAST member, we say goodbye to Kevin Batchelder who resigned to seek new professional challenges. We wish you all the best, Kevin, and you will be missed! Former assistant town manager Ryan Hyland has been named Silverthorne's interim town manager.

The Snowmass Village Town Council will vote tonight to submit an offer for the town manager position to Gary Suiter, who has been acting in the role on an interim basis since August 1. Snowmass Village's search is down to two candidates: Suiter and Clinton Kinney, city manager of Fruita. The council will vote in a public meeting to approve, amend and approve, or decline an offer to Suiter. Good luck!

Please be sure to keep me posted of any member happenings or changes in your town at joyceb@coskitowns.com.


Other News

• 2013 Board Retreat
The CAST Board of Directors held their annual retreat on November 8, 2013, in Grand Junction. You can find a copy of the 2013 retreat minutes HERE.

• HomeAway Settlement
Good news! On December 20, 2013, HomeAway Inc. and Eye Street Solutions LLC/VRCompliance LLC reached a settlement agreement and mutual release of claims in both their Texas and Virginia law suits, which has effectively put an end to all litigation between the two companies. Although CAST had been dismissed from both suits over a year ago, we were a party in executing the final settlement agreement. Dave Atherton, owner of VRCompliance LLC, will be attending our meeting in Jackson, WY, and will be available to answer any questions.

• Marijuana Sales
As the world watched, the nation's first recreational pot industry opened in Colorado on Wednesday, January 1. Since then, sales have been brisk with some shops having lines waiting down the street. It will be a while until we see what impact this has on tourism down the road, but so far, a lot of people think the outlook looks positive. We will hold an open forum discussion at our meeting in March to see how some of our fellow ski towns are faring.

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Happy New Year!
I want to wish you all a happy and prosperous 2014! As always, if you have any ideas or suggestions that CAST can be doing, please don't hesitate to give me feedback.

The meeting in Jackson looks to be great one, so get your RSVPs in and I look forward to seeing you there!


Joyce Burford
Executive Director

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