The Summit Association of Realtors was privileged to host the powerhouse breakfast meeting at The Lodge At Breckenridge this morning with the CEOs of the local ski areas, some of the top and most visited ski resorts in the world.  A common opinion topic of discussion among these leaders was the concern for employee housing and the plans of working closely with local towns, communities and counties to work on solutions for this in the future.  John Buhler, the CEO for Breckenridge, mentioned that Vail Resorts had slated $30 million as an initial step to investigate and initiate plans to help resolve this issue.Summit County Colorado Ski Area Bosses

Left to right: Rob Goodell-Loveland Ski Area, John Buhler-Breckenridge Ski Resort,
Mike Goar-Keystone Ski Resort, Gary Rodger-Copper Mountain Resort,
Al Henceroth-Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.

Another issue raised, was parking, an area of concern.  The impression given was there are a few days of the year, namely Saturdays between 10am-12pm where parking can be a problem at the respective areas, apart from Copper Mountain when the parking lots are at 100% capacity.  Although they indicated this peak subsides within hours as morning skiers leave freeing up parking for the later skiers.  Collectively, they did not think the solution was to bulldoze or scrape for more ski area parking.  Breckenridge Ski Resort is working closely with the Town of Breckenridge on applying a new ski lift ticket tax dedicated to enhanced public transit and a new parking structure for the future.

They all stated that the beginning of the 2015/2016 ski season was unusually dry for opening day and relatively quiet, however, with the snow in November and December they were all back on track with skier visits, acreage opening and future bookings.  They are hoping that the second half of the ski season will be very strong with the predicted El Nino weather pattern bringing a lot of snow to our high country as has done in the latter part of winters in years past.

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