Businesses pleased with SnowBall weekend
Ryan Summerlin March 5, 2012
AVON, Colorado – People who came to the three-day SnowBall Music Festival over the weekend may be taking memories home, but many of them left dollars behinds.
Businesses in and around Avon reported good crowds from the festival and very little mischief. In fact, only Bob’s Place boss Chris Doyle said he had to ask anyone to leave the premises, and that only happened once.
Given that Bob’s is the closest bar to the festival’s front door, you’d expect the place to be busy over the weekend, and it was.
“We had a fair bit of our regular business and skier traffic, and then a large amount of SnowBall business,” Doyle said.
Doyle said last year that he believed events like SnowBall are good for Avon. He still believes that, and hopes this festival can lead to others, perhaps with different styles of music to attract different types of fans.
And, he added, people seemed to be enjoying themselves in town.
“Everybody we talked to enjoyed the event and enjoyed the town,” Doyle said.
At the Northside Cafe, owner Jim Pavelich said his place was bustling through the weekend.
“We sold a lot of $2.50 sliders and cocktails,” Pavelich said, adding that his place was busy all through the weekend, as well as Monday morning, with people grabbing breakfast before leaving town.
Gondola Pizza was also “very busy,” Romi Dolcescu said. “We had a lot of people here.”
At the park, food vendors stayed busy through the weekend, too.
Greg Jackson worked at the Nickie’s Quicky booth through part of the festival, and said the place was “crushed.”
“We didn’t see the end of the line for three or four hours one afternoon,” Jackson said.
At the Christie Lodge, Brie Jones said the place was full and buzzing, with no problems reported.
“It was a great group,” Jones said. “We look forward to having them back again. We love SnowBall.”
Jones, who lives in Avon on the valley floor, said she was able to hear some of the bass-heavy thud of the festival from her place, but only when she ventured outside.
Still, the thud from the festival did get around. Some of Friday’s music could be heard in Eagle-Vail that evening, and Eagle River Youth Coalition Director Michelle Hartel said her fiance heard at least some of the boom Saturday when he was skiing Blue Sky Basin on Vail Mountain.
But Hartel, who was at Nottingham Park for much of the weekend, said the crowd in general seemed better-prepared for the weather this year. People also seemed to be taking better care of the site.
“It’s a credit to the promoters and the other people involved,” Hartel said.
Still, the cleanup is going take a little while.
“We won’t be done tomorrow,” promoter Scott Stoughton said Monday. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do.”
But, Stoughton said, he believes that this year’s festival came off a bit more smoothly than last year’s event.
“We’ve heard a lot of compliments on the layout – we feel good about it.”
And, while there were many more arrests made at this year’s festival, Stoughton said none of them came from the festival’s alcohol tents.
“There were no citations against us,” Stoughton said, adding that underage people working for the police made a number of attempts to buy liquor.
Echoing Jones’ comments from the Christie Lodge, Doyle said his business will welcome SnowBall and other festivals in the future.
“Events like this are critical for the bottom line – both for the town and for business,” Doyle said.