Book now for the January Meeting January 22-23 - Dillon • Lodging: Comfort Suites Dillon Rate: $130/night Call: 970-513-0300 Mention: Colorado A

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Book now for the January Meeting

January 22-23 - Dillon

• Lodging:
Comfort Suites Dillon
Rate: $130/night
Call: 970-513-0300
Mention: Colorado Association of Ski Towns
(Deadline December 31)

• Ski Passes
Ski passes will be offered by Arapahoe Basin. Further details to come.

• Frisco Tubing Hill
Frisco will be offering complimentary passes to their tubing hill. Further details to come.

The meeting AGENDA IS HERE. Subject to change.

RSVP HERE for the dinner and/or the meeting.


Upcoming Meetings - save the dates!

• January 22-23, 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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Annual Legislative Meeting

March 12, 2015 - Denver

Our annual legislative meeting will be held Thursday, March 12, at the Denver City and County Building 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 2015 session of the Colorado General Assembly convenes on January 7, 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 28, 2015 - Denver

Once again, DestiMetrics is hosting The Assembly on January 28, in conjunction with the SIA Show in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. The Assembly is a collaboration of North American mountain resorts, associations and public sector organizations, with common interests in both winter and broader year-round mountain tourism.

As a sponsor of this year's Assembly, CAST is able to offer all of our members a discounted rate of $195 to attend The Assembly, which includes credentials to the SIA Show. To register, go to the Assembly website and use promo code cast15.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, January 13 to get the $195 CAST rate. Please FORWARD this information to any of your staff or elected officials whom you think might be interested in attending.

Special thanks goes to CAST board member, Aaron "Huck" Huckstep, Mayor of Crested Butte, who will be representing CAST as a presenter at The Assembly this year.

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Stan Zemler presents award to Gary Sears

Member News

At our CAST meeting in October in Ouray, we honored Gary Sears and inducted him as an Honorary Member of CAST. Gary retired from Englewood in September where he was city manager for 17 years. He started his career as assistant to the city manager in Loveland in 1971 and was there untill 1977. He worked for Greeley as human resources director until 1980. He served as city manager for Silverthorne 1980-1986 (when he was a CAST member) and moved on to be city manager of Glendale until 1997. He started as city manager of Englewood in November 1997.

The induction of Gary Sears brings our total of Honorary Members to three; the other two being Bill Crank and Nick Teverbaugh. The criteria for an Honorary Member is to be retired from government service and to have been involved in the formation and evolution of CAST

The town of Jackson has a new mayor. Sara Flitner replaces six-term incumbent Mark Barron, who endorsed Flitner, a public relations consultant and lobbyist. Sara Flitner edged out Mark Nowlin by a mere 40 votes, which was the closest since the turn of the century. Welcome Sara, we look forward to meeting you! And we say a fond farewell to Mark Barron, who has been a long-time member of CAST, and wish him well in his future endeavors.

The Teton County Board of Commissioners has some new faces from their November general election, with newcomers Mark Newcomb and Smokey Rhea as well as incumbent Paul Vogelheim winning seats on the board for the next four years. Congratulations all!

And in Summit County, Dan Gibbs handily won with 66 percent of voters supporting him in his re-election bid for District 1 Summit County commissioner. Congratulations Dan!

If I've overlooked some recent changes in your town or county, please be sure to let me know at


Board retreat in Ouray

Other News

• 2014 CAST Board Retreat
The CAST Board of Directors held their annual retreat on October 23, in Ouray. You can find a copy of the 2014 retreat minutes HERE. Please let me know if you have any questions.

• A Liability Risk for Airbnb Hosts
Over the last few years, Uber and Airbnb have come to be known as leaders of something called the sharing economy.

Give their founders credit for this feat of mostly misplaced nomenclature. The companies help people sell rides in cars and rent stays in homes; they deserve no more credit for promoting a skill learned in preschool than Marriott or taxi companies.

But here’s one thing they do love to share: risk. Uber grew by heaping it on many drivers, asking them to push damage claims through their personal insurance companies while knowing that those companies did not cover commercial activity. Source: The New York Times. Read more.....

• Booking Trends Foretell Happy Holiday and New Year Economics
Strong booking trends are continuing through November and into the holiday season, creating an economic foundation for holiday cheer and prospects for a good new year for tourism economics as we see continued growth in the US economy, surprisingly low fuel-transportation costs, and early snow in most regions in North America.

Reservation activity as of Nov. 30 represents almost 2/3 of last winter's total revenues, so a solid foundation has been established and the metrics are aligned with what we have been experiencing for some time. Winter occupancies are up 10 percent and revenues are up 16 percent from this same time last winter, and November's booking pace is up strongly from last year's-a pace that resulted in the best winter since the 07-08 recession. So read on, and be of good cheer.
Source: DestiMetrics. Read more.....


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.

I look forward to seeing you all at the January meeting, and as always, please contact me with any needs or questions.


Joyce Burford
Executive Director

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