June Annual Meeting & Reception JUNE 19 - 4:00-6:00pm Breckenridge, CO • Our CAST annual meeting and reception will take place at the CML Conferenc

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June Annual Meeting & Reception

JUNE 19 - 4:00-6:00pm

Breckenridge, CO

• Our CAST annual meeting and 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 28-29, 2014
Durango, CO


October 23-24, 2014
Ouray, CO


January 22-23, 2015
Dillon, CO


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 19, 4:00-6:00pm. This year, there are THREE board seats open. 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 our annual retreat. If you are interested in running for the CAST board, please let me know as soon as possible at joyceb@coskitowns.com.


Governor Hickenlooper speaks at the March CAST meeting

March Meeting Recap

Governor John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, and Colorado Tourism Office Director Al White were among our distinguished speakers at the CAST March Annual Legislative Meeting. We also heard a legislative update from CML's Deputy Director Kevin Bommer and a presentation from Forest Financial Group on health care trends.

Thanks again to CML for being our gracious hosts!


William Buck receives award for his service on the CAST board

We had another good turnout of state legislators at our traditional dinner at Maggiano's restaurant and heard from our senators and representatives such as Millie Hamner, Bob Rankin, and Diane Mitsch Bush, as well as CDOT Director, Don Hunt, and Melanie Mills, CSCUSA President & CEO.

We also said goodbye to some long-time CAST members. Mt. Crested Butte mayor, William Buck, was termed out in April. William was on the CAST board from 2007 to 2013 and was CAST president from 2009-2011. He contributed many hours of time and invaluable service to CAST, and will be missed.

We will also miss Jim Peterson, Grand Lake board trustee, also present at the March meeting and dinner. Jim has been a steadfast participant at our CAST meetings for many years, as well as bringing fun and humor to our group gatherings.

We wish you both success and will remember you always now that you're "out-CASTs."

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Steve Skadron, Aspen Mayor

Members On the Move

Congratulations to CAST President Steve Skadron for being accepted to this year's Colorado Capital Conference hosted by Senator Mark Udall on June 17-19. Interested parties must apply and if accepted, will join 100 other Coloradans in Washington, D.C. to learn how to effectively engage with and influence leaders in Washington.

This April many of our CAST towns either held elections or council appointments, and we saw some changes in names and faces of our towns' mayors. We say a fond farewell to Mayor Jim Myers of Winter Park and welcome their new mayor, Jimmy Lahrman. Mt. Crested Butte also has new a new mayor and we'd like to welcome Mayor David Clayton. Former Dillon mayor pro-tem, Kevin Burns, takes over as their mayor, Sweetie Marbury was sworn in as Durango's new mayor, and Pam Larson takes the helm as Ouray's new mayor.

Congratulations to you all!

On the town manager side, there's been a change as well. We say goodbye to Dillon manager Joe Wray. Joe was an active member in CAST and we thank him and wish him well in his next venture. Carri McDonnell, Dillon finance director, takes over as interim town manager while they conduct a search.

Telluride mayor, Stu Fraser, always diligent in finding ways to promote Telluride, shares his Mayoral Update on YouTube as an example of a media tool that others might try. Google conducted a study to find out just how effective YouTube is compared to other media platforms. They found that YouTube has the highest reach, captivating audiences for up to five minutes per session. Also, the richer format afforded by video platforms means ads have a greater impact than on news or social media sites.

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

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Whistler, Canada

Welcome New Members!

We have two new members to welcome to CAST!

• Whistler, Canada - www.whistler.ca

Some of you may remember Roger McCarthy, formerly with Vail Resorts, and now a councillor with the Resort Municipality of Whistler. Roger is the link that brought Whistler to CAST and he and their chief administrative officer, Mike Furey, will be our contacts. Shall we have a CAST meeting there in the near future?

• Nederland, CO - www.nederlandco.org

Nederland was a former member of CAST who has rejoined under the leadership of Mayor Joe Gierlach and Manager Alisha Reis. Board trustee Charles Wood will be Nederland's representative, with Mayor Gierlach as their alternate. We are very happy to have you back and look forward to seeing you soon at a future meeting!

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Destination Summit

Denver, May 13 - 15

DestiMetrics is excited to host the Destination Summit again with Inntopia and Ryan Solutions. This year they are touting it as a travel technology boot camp for the doers among the "marketing machines" of ski, lodging and travel organizations. Experts in the fields of email marketing, reservation technology & packaging, customer service & sales training, revenue management (using your DestiMetrics reports), social media and web design (to name a few) will be hosting workshops along with a "state of the industry" general session and plenty of networking opportunities. Plus, attend their first DMX Live! where the DestiMetrics team will be presenting their season wrap-up, while also broadcasting it LIVE to all subscribers via webinar. If you're interested in attending, please go to www.destination-summit.com to register or for more info.

Also, if you haven't seen DestiMetrics' latest edition of Mountain Travel News, please GO HERE.

Eagle County

Happy Spring!

Although final numbers are not in yet, figures for the 2013-14 ski season (November through April) are looking good compared to last year as Colorado was blessed with snow this year, compared to the Sierras and Pacific Northwest. In addition, the Western Mountain Resort Alliance (WMRA) held its annual meeting on Thursday, Feb. 6, and according to the panelists, real estate markets are on the upswing.

Although economists are saying we aren't there yet, economic growth will strengthen in 2014, averaging 2.7% or better for the year. The gains will come as business and consumer confidence strengthens, however growth will remain restrained by continued government deficit reduction.

I hope each and all of you had a good winter season, and will see continued growth this summer. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming meetings, and as always, if there's any questions or feedback you have for me or the CAST Board, please let me know.


Joyce Burford
Executive Director

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