Snow keeping hotels busy
VAIL ” January snowfall in Beaver Creek was 70 percent above average. The increase in hotel guests doesn’t seem to be too far behind.
Bookings at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek were up 32 percent in January over last year, said Scott Gubrud, director of sales at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek.
“There were more people who stayed on after the Christmas-New Year’s holiday,” Gubrud said. “I think that was a nice surprise.”
Rob LeVine, general manager of the Antlers in Lionshead, said the Antlers had its first ever million-dollar month in January.
“Happy, happy, happy is the basic word,” he said.
The Antlers has 94 condominiums, and 90 of those are in a rental pool program that allows visitors to rent them for short-term visits. If things stay on track, Antlers could have another million-dollar month in March, LeVine said.
For the year, Antlers is on pace to have its best year ever. LeVine said the reason is snow.
“The snow ” thank God for all of the wonderful snow ” is more than making up for any challenges the construction may be causing,” he said.
Construction at the Arrabelle at Vail Square, a hotel-condo project that’s supposed to be finished by late 2007, has turned a large portion of Lionshead into a construction zone.
Ian Anderson of the Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Bureau said the chamber’s vailonsale.com site saw more visits in January than it’s ever seen in a month. The site, which offers last-minute deals for Vail hotel rooms, is targeted at Front Range visitors and is a good indication of how snowfall stokes guests’ interests, Anderson said.
Also, Web traffic for both vailonsale.com and visitvailvalley.com, the chamber’s general reservations site, was up 100 percent over last year, he said.
“That is pretty clear evidence that the snow had a big impact and our Front Range visitors responded to the snow that fell and booked last-minute trips,” Anderson said.
Rich tenBraak, director of marketing at Manor Vail Resort, said the resort is having a strong winter. Most Manor Vail condos are rented out when owners aren’t using them, he said.
“We’re doing really well,” tenBraak said. “We’re having a good year.”
Manor Vail is on track to have its best February ever, he said.
Beaver Creek has seen 253 inches of snow at the top of the mountain. That’s the second snowiest year in the past 15 years.
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14623, or firstname.lastname@example.org.