Annual ski trade group meeting features all of the major candidates running for governor
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — This year’s annual Colorado Ski Country USA meeting will have a political focus, as all the main candidates — John Hickenlooper, Scott McInnis, Jane Norton, Ken Buck and Andrew Romanoff — are scheduled to speak at the June 9 – 10 confab at the Denver Convention Center.
The meeting also features a presentation by Rocky Mountain regional forester Rick Cables on the ongoing pine beetle issues that are affecting Colorado’s ski resorts, most of which operate on public national forest land, as well as a panel discussion on the airline industry and a talk on why loyalty matters, by Luke Williams, director of financial services for Ipsos Loyalty. The traditional awards dinner on June 10 will recognize Colorado’s top ski industry pros, including instructors, patrollers, groomers, snowmakers and athletes.
The trade group generally announce season skier visit totals at the meeting. Skier visits were up in the early season, then dropped by about 4 percent during January and February, according interim reports from the ski industry trade group. Continue reading “Powder and politics in Colorado ski country”