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Gettin’ outta Dodge: Where do the workers all go?

KIMBERLY NICOLETTI

Jamey McCalla typed “best snorkeling”into a search engine, and he found his mud season destination. Others find it through word-of-mouth or convenience.

However they find “the place,” one thing’s certain: mountain folks like to take advantage of the slow season by getting out of town.

McCalla, owner of The Wheel Bicycle Services in Avon, ended up in Roatan, an island north of Honduras. It was a little farther than his normal getaway – Mexico or the Carribean – but he said the snorkeling lived up to the Internet hype.



While most business owners and employees seek sunny destinations to warm up in, they usually don’t take a break from adventure. Cruises and lying on the beach aren’t priorities. Instead, locals, such as Carl Richardson, owner of Carl’s Worldclass Ski Tuning in Avon, go surfing in Florida or San Diego. Those looking for someplace close go camping and biking in Moab, Utah, like Erik Richardson, a sales person at Vail Sports.

If they’re not traveling to their second-favorite sporting destination (the High Country being their first, of course), they’re taking off to see family located throughout the nation. (Bonus points if their families live in California, which many do.)

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A few remain in town and take short breaks, such as Heather Miles, floor manager at Around the World Toys in Frisco, who hangs out in Denver. Some business owners who close shop for six weeks, such as Kathleen Denson, owner of Designer Furs in Vail, have the luxury of combining business with pleasure: She travels to Hong Kong and Canada looking at skins.

And then there are the true ski junkies who just can’t get enough, like Neal VanWieringen, a manager at Recycle Sports in Frisco: He flies to New Zealand to ski more.


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