Even without snow, parts of the valley were hopping | VailDaily.com

Even without snow, parts of the valley were hopping

Scott N. Miller
Vail, CO, Colorado

Skiing wasn’t great over Thanksgiving, but there were plenty of people at Vail and Beaver Creek over the long holiday weekend.

“We had a very good Thanksgiving at the Beaver Creek store,” said Roxy owner Ron Weinstein. “We were lucky, we didn’t have a problem with no snow. When women aren’t skiing, they’re shopping.”

Weinstein said business at Roxy’s Vail Village location wasn’t as brisk.

“It’s probably because the only place to download was Lionshead,” Red Lion owner

Phil Long said. That put fewer people into Vail Village before and after skiing, he said.

“We were down,” Long said. “But we had a really good Friday, and Saturday was slower.”

In Lionshead, Jim Cooper reported decent business at his Double Diamond Ski Shop, even without snow.

“We still had consistent numbers, through the holiday,” he said.

While Thanksgiving was a mixed bag, news about winter reservations seems to be pretty good.

Pam Stenmark reported good business at the Evergreen Lodge over the weekend. Better yet, she said early reservations for Christmas and other holidays are “looking very good.”

Cooper said he’d heard similar news from the lodge owners and managers he’d talked to.

While Long had his first Thanksgiving setback in the eight years he’s owned the Red Lion this year, he was philosophical about it.

“Maybe it takes a little pressure off us,” Long said. “If we’re down this year, we’ll be up next year.”

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