Hotel reservations up after snowfall |

Hotel reservations up after snowfall

Shane Macomber/Vail DailyA new visitor checks in at the front desk of the Lodge at Vail. Hotel bookings have been up so far this ski season.

VAIL – Skiers aren’t the only ones thanking the snow gods for the recent bounty – hotels are also reaping the benefits. Winter reservations made in November through the Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Board are up 45 percent compared to November of last year, said Ian Anderson, director of sales and marketing.Those number represent about 10 percent of the reservations made in the valley, Anderson said.In the last week, the chamber saw Web traffic double on its site, where visitors can make reservations a week or less in advance, Anderson said. The last-minute reservations seem to indicate people are trying to get to Vail while the good snow is falling, he said. The Vail Cascade Resort and Spa’s reservation centers have seen an increase of about 35 percent in call volume over the last two weeks, said Steve Janicek, director of sales and marketing.”We’ve had to bring in reservation agents from our property in Denver,” Janicek said.This December is shaping up to be better than last year’s record-breaking December for the Cascade, Janicek said. And numbers beyond indicate a strong season.”We are well ahead of booking pace for January,” he said.National news about Vail’s snowfall is helping drive the numbers upward, Janicek said.”That triggers people’s thoughts about return ski trip,” he said.Front Range visitorsThe Roost Lodge has seen a great increase in occupancy over the last couple of weeks, said General Manager Juan Fregoso.He said occupancy is up about 25 percent compared to this time last year. The hotel was full on Friday and Saturday nights, on the tail end of a storm that brought repeat powder days to Vail Mountain.”A lot of people called Friday booking for Friday and Saturday,” he said.The lodge, in West Vail, has long offered some of the most inexpensive rooms in Vail. Most of the recent spike in reservations has come from guests from the Denver metro area, Fregoso said. Rob LeVine, general manager of the Antlers hotel and condominiums in Lionshead, said reservations numbers are about in line with last year – which was a record year by a wide margin.The increased construction around his hotel in Lionshead as part of the Vail’s “new dawn” may be offsetting gains from the snowfall, he said.Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14623, or, Colorado

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