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Snowmass Village summertime business sees growth

Marci Krivonen

Tourism officials in Snowmass Village are pleased with visitation this summer. Growth was seen each month from June through September.

September is seeing the biggest hike in visitation. So far, overnight stays in hotels and lodges are pacing 41 percent higher than the same month last year.

Christine Newcomb sees it first-hand. She’s a server at Big Hoss Grill on the Snowmass Mall.

"We’ve been getting busier and busier every summer. It’s only gotten busier since I started working here four years ago."

Earlier this week the resort hosted an 800-person conference of public defenders. Group business is one contributor to growth. Fred Brodsky with Snowmass Tourism says such business is vital.

"And, why Snowmass is attractive - you just need to look outside your window. It inspires great thought, and that’s what you want with meetings. It’s a destination where people can come and get things done."

June, July and August saw jumps in hotel occupancy between 5 and 14 percent, compared to last year. The other major indicator of growth - tax revenue - hasn’t yet been released.