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Ski industry should expect long recovery, says Intrawest CEO Bill Jensen

Posted in: Copper Mountain- Jul 10, 2009 No Comments

WHISTLER, B.C. — The North American ski industry has been hit hard by the global recession and will not likely recover for another two seasons, says the chief executive of Intrawest, owner of the 2010 Winter Olympics venue Whistler Blackcomb.

Bill Jensen told a ski industry conference Tuesday that the recovery will not be V-shaped, but more “like a hockey stick” and that signs of a recovery won’t likely appear until the 2011-12 season.

He said the industry has slashed prices and sacrificed revenue gains built up over the past couple of years.

In the December-January period, Jensen said the economy was bad, but that it didn’t really hit consumers until February-March of this year.

The result, he said, was a “noticeable fall off” in revenues.

“What happened in February-March is the norm now,” Jensen said at the Canadian Ski Council’s annual conference in Whistler.

“People just don’t want to open their wallet … . What we offer isn’t something people are required to have. It’s optional.”

In fact, he said the new Peak-2-Peak gondola, which just opened at Whistler-Blackcomb, may not have be constructed had the plan been to build it this year.

“As they say, timing is everything,” Jensen told conference attendees.

The conference was focused in part on how the recession has impacted revenues in the ski industry.

However, Jensen said the economic slump isn’t the only factor behind falling revenues.

He said poor snow conditions at certain ski destinations this past season have also hit resorts hard.

The Canadian Ski Council released statistics Tuesday showing the number of skiers and snowboarders to hit Canadian slopes fell 10 per cent year-over-year to 18.4 million visitors, down from a record 20.5 million visitors in the 2007/08 season.

Jensen said some benefits of the 2010 Winter Olympics include improved infrastructure and the pride it brings local communities and athletes, but more money may not be one of them.

“There are a lot of positive things, but I don’t know if it will ever be measured in dollars,” Jensen said.

“The jury is out on whether we will experience … a longer-term sustained bump.”

Intrawest has been struggling financially since being bought in 2006 by New York-based private equity fund Fortress Investment Group LLC for US$2.8 billion in cash and debt.

The deal was a leveraged buyout with a $1.7-billion loan which came due last fall, when the financial meltdown hit.

Fortress scrambled to refinance the loan after Intrawest, which holds the debt, was pushed to the brink of creditor protection.

Intrawest is considering the sale of many of its assets to improve its balance sheet. It is reportedly in talks to sell its Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida to a local developer.

Intrawest is not expected to unload jewels such as Whistler-Blackcomb, but there is some speculation it may consider financing some of its businesses independently, such as Mont Tremblant in Quebec.

Jensen would not comment Tuesday on potential sale talks or the state of the company’s debt position.

Inpendence Day In Summit County

Posted in: Summit County Colorado- Jun 27, 2009 No Comments

talinda 2The greatest thing about summer in the Mountains is that it is COOL – the heat on most areas is just unbearable!  I like the fireworks over Dillon Reservoir from the Frisco side.  I go into the neighborhood by the cross county skiing area and park along the street and walk up to the waters edge with my family and a cooler.  The view is perfect the setting is amazing and the traffic out is very manageable.

I suggest getting there about an hour early and enjoying the location.  Set out a blanket and bring a cooler full of your favorite stuff.  The kids can run and play along the lake or in the lightly wooded areas around this side of  the lake.  Don’t rush out after the fireworks show.  Everyone does!  Sit and relax, wait for the rush and mossy on back to your car.  Summit County is about being laid back so get into the mode!

Also during your time in the County this holiday weekend I highly recommend the Alpine slides and a slow or fast rafting trip on the many FULL rivers this year.  Have fun, hope to see you in the county to cool off and relax with us….

Breckenridge CO Events

Posted in: Breckenridge- Jun 21, 2009 No Comments

Breckenridge, CO has so many events planned for this 2009 summer – great time to get away to the Rocky Mountains!  We would love to hear from anyone who is going or has gone tot he annual events listed here.  Obviously we would love to help you with housing if your looking for a place to stay call us at 888.700.2754 ext 100 and we will get you a great deal!!



2009 Summer Breckenridge Events Calendar


Kingdom Days: 6/20 – 6/21/2009


National Repertory Concert Series 6/20 – 8/7/2009

Main Street Performances: 6/26 – 9/6/2009

Anniversary Ball: 7/3/2009

Independence Day Celebration: 7/3 – 7/5/2009

Colorado State Gold Panning Championships: 7/31 – 8/2/2009

Official Anniversary of the Founding of Breckenridge: 8/10/2009

Mining & Railroad Weekend: 8/15 – 8/16/2009

Tentative Genuine Jazz Festival: 8/15 – 8/16/2009

Celebration Weekend: 8/7 – 8/9/2009 Labor Day Weekend: 9/4 – 9/7/2009

Blue Grass Festival: 9/12 – 9/13/2009 (tentative)

Annual Oktoberfest: 9/18 – 9/20/2009



Frisco Colorado Summer Events

Posted in: Frisco Colorado- Jun 21, 2009 No Comments

Frisco, CO events for  this summer – great time to get away!  We would love to hear from anyone who is going or has gone to the annual events listed here.  Obviously we would love to help you with housing if your looking for a place to stay call us at 888.700.2754 ext 100 and we will get you a great deal!!

2009 Summer Frisco Events Calendar


6 Saturday Marina Season Opener Frisco Bay Marina. Come on down for some fun by the water! 6 Saturday Skate Park Grand Re-Opening Frisco Skate Park. Live DJ, Pro Skater demos, BBQ lunch 13 Saturday33rd Annual Run the Rockies Registration is at the Frisco Recreation Building. Includes the Ten Mile Creek 10k Downhill and Half-Marathon

17 Wednesday Historical Lecture Series Begins

12pm, Historic Park. Every Wednesday through August 26th

19-20 Friday& Saturday16th Annual Colorado Barbecue Challenge Main Street. Colorado’s official barbecue cook-off with more than 60 teams from across the country, grilling up everything from Beef, Pork, and even some Tofu. Make a weekend of good food, music, and more!

24 Wednesday-Bike to Work Day Local Frisco coffee shops

27 Saturday-Historic Frisco Town Tour

10am, Historic Park. Free guided tour of Frisco’s Heritage

27 Saturday-Timberline Regatta

10am, Frisco Bay Marina. Open to all levels of sailors

27-28 Saturday& Sunday-Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Summit Middle School. Support the walk towards a cure


4 Saturday Frisco’s Fantastic Fourth of July

Main Street and Frisco Bay Marina. A full day celebration featuring a Main Street Parade, kids fishing derby, live music, food, and fireworks over the Marina

4-5 Saturday& Sunday Downtown Frisco Green Art Festival 3rd Avenue. Art with a green twist

17-19 Friday to Sunday Arts and Antique Main Street. Fine art and antiques

18 SaturdayHistoric Frisco Town Tour

10am, Historic Park. Free guided tour of Frisco’s heritage

23 ThursdayConcert In The Park Series

5:30 to 7pm, Frisco Historic Park.

25 SaturdayClassic Boat Show

10am to 2pm, Frisco Bay Marina.

26 Sunday Vettes on the Rockies

Main Street. Looking Glass Corvette Association’s Annual Show and Shine Event. More than 500 Corvettes on Main Street!

30 ThursdayConcert In The Park Series

5:30 to 7pm, Frisco Historic Park.


1 SaturdayCanine 4K

Main Street. Dogs and their humans run or walk the 4K course

6 ThursdayConcert In The Park Series

5:30 to 7pm, Frisco Historic Park.

8 SaturdayThe Collision

Frisco Skate Park. Mountain Madness Skate/Bike Series 8-9 Saturday& SundayArt on Main Street to the Rockies Main Street. Fine art show that attracts the region’s best artists who display their quality art on several blocks of Main Street

16 SundayFrisco Founder’s Day Frisco Historic Park. Frisco’s 130th birthday, concerts, ice cream, and more!

20 ThursdayConcert In The Park Series

5:30 to 7pm, Frisco Historic Park.

22 SaturdayFree Family Fun Fest in Frisco 10am to 4pm, Peninsula Recreation Area. Finally! An event the whole family can enjoy! So much to see and do.

22 SaturdayMusic on Main 4-9pm, Main Street. Free concert featuring Dickie Betts and Tab Benoit

23-28 sundaytoFriday

The America Cup International Fly Fishing Tournament International Teams come from around the world to compete on the 10 Mile, Blue River, and other local rivers


12-27 Autumn Spectacular Make Frisco your hub to see the changing colors. Set some time aside for the fantastic scenery, dining, and shopping specials to go with the season too

12 SaturdayBeetlefest Main Street. A zany day of costumed fun to raise money and build awareness to ward off the Evil Pine Beetle

October 3-4 Saturday& SundayFrisco Cyclocross

Peninsula Recreation Area. Do you have what it takes to compete?

31 SaturdayTrick or Treat on Main Street

6-8pm, Main Street. A fun, safe experience for kids, big and small. Make sure to visit our Haunted House on 3rd Avenue too

December 5-13 Wassail Days

Frisco is your North Pole connection for holiday shopping. Go Wassailing as you enjoy the unique shopping experience with a small town atmosphere, Santa visits, Old English carolers, and the lighting of the Christmas tree

Dillon Colorado Summer Events

Posted in: Dillon Colorado- Jun 21, 2009 No Comments

Dillon, CO events for  this summer – great time to get away!  We would love to hear from anyone who is going or has gone to  the annual events listed here.  Obviously we would love to help you with housing if your looking for a place to stay call us at 888.700.2754 ext 100 and we will get you a great deal!!


2009 Summer Dillon Events Calendar

Changing of the Colors Regatta

9/12/2009 9:00 AM – 9/13/2009 5:00 PM

Marina Mutt Contest

9/7/2009 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

John Adams & Friends Concert

9/6/2009 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

End of Summer Concert & Fireworks

9/5/2009 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Sunset at the Summit Concert

8/29/2009 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Mount Elbert Regatta

8/29/2009 9:00 AM – 8/30/2009 5:00 PM

Sunset at the Summit Concert

8/22/2009 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

J/24 Districts

8/22/2009 9:00 AM – 8/23/2009 5:00 PM

Sunset at the Summit Concert

8/15/2009 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Peak Seven Regatta

8/15/2009 9:00 AM – 8/16/2009 5:00 PM

TGIF Concert Series

8/14/2009 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Nature Night featuring Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center

8/13/2009 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Summer Afternoon Concert featuring Singer/Songwriter Phil Vassar

8/9/2009 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Sunset at the Summit Concert

8/8/2009 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Ladies Championship Regatta

8/8/2009 9:00 AM – 8/9/2009 5:00 PM

Sunset at the Summit Concert

8/1/2009 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Dillon Open Regatta presented by Audi

8/1/2009 9:00 AM – 8/2/2009 5:00 PM

Dillon Open Regatta

8/1/2009 9:00 AM – 8/2/2009 5:00 PM

Dillon Open Regatta Check-in and Opening Ceremonies

7/31/2009 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunset at the Summit Concert

7/25/2009 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Ptarmigan Regatta

7/25/2009 9:00 AM – 7/26/2009 5:00 PM

Nature Night featuring Leon Littlebird

7/23/2009 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sunset at the Summit Concert

7/18/2009 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Aspen Open

7/18/2009 9:00 AM – 7/19/2009 5:00 PM

Music of Summit County CD Release Concert

7/12/2009 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Sunset at the Summit Concert

7/11/2009 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Star District Championship

7/10/2009 9:00 AM – 7/12/2009 5:00 PM

Nature Night featuring Denver Zoo’s “Animal Expeditions”

7/9/2009 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Stars and Bars Regatta

7/5/2009 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

4th of July Schedule

7/4/2009 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Never Forget – An Evening of Tribute

7/3/2009 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Jitterbug at the Amphitheatre

7/2/2009 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Dillon Town Concert featuring the Nacho Men

6/27/2009 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Timberline Regatta

6/27/2009 9:00 AM – 6/28/2009 5:00 PM

Nature Night featuring Raptor Education Foundation

6/25/2009 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Buffalo Mountain Regatta

6/20/2009 12:00 PM – 6/21/2009 5:15 PM

Let’s Go Boating Fundraiser

6/20/2009 9:00 AM – 6/21/2009 4:00 PM

TGIF Concert Series

6/19/2009 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Open Dancing- Jitterbug at the Amphitheatre

6/18/2009 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Open Dancing – Jitterbug at the Amphitheatre


Things To Do In Summit County Colorado

Posted in: Colorado Rockies Activities- Jun 20, 2009 No Comments

5 Must See Attractions in Summit County Colorado.

Our Maintenance Manager wanted to share some of the things to do in Summit County that he has enjoyed.  A resident and mortgage broker as well, Keith is a great asset to Rocky Mountain Resort Management and his comments below are worth exploring.  Let us know what you think!hiking-colorado


Lake Dillon, CO is famous for its sailing . we have 2 marinas one in dillon and one in frisco. the dillon yacht club was formed in 1968 it is the highest sailing club in the nation. you can rent a boat or take sailing lessons. boats range from small keel boats to 22 foot sail boats. they also have power boat and pontoon boat rentals. a day on the lake is a must while visiting summit county.

Float Fishing

While floating one of Summit County’s rivers you can fish, a great time with a professional guide! summit county has numerous fishing guides offering float trips. please check with RMRM guest relations for all the details.

Country Boy Mine

This a great time locally owned and operated. enter the world of a gold miner, pan for gold,
try the emergency miner shute ,what a blast!  one of my favorites when company is in town

White Water Rafting

Summit County, CO has access to numerous rivers for exciting rafting we also have a few spots for the whole family to enjoy river rafting. perhaps u want to try kayaking, we have great contacts for all your rafting and kayaking needs.


Saving the best for last summit county hiking options are numerous. my favorite is a hike just south of breckenridge, Mohawk lake. the trail follows a beautiful mtn stream to lower Mohawk lake. for the more adventurous u can keep going to upper Mohawk lake. this is a highalpine environment with tons of wildflowers. summit county also has more family oriented hikes like tenderfoot mtn in dillon. either way your rmrm guest relations mngr can set u on your way to a great week in the mountains
Feel free to comment and add any of your favorite Summit County Activities!
God Bless,
Keith Mcbrearty