Vail, Beaver Creekflush with visitors |

Vail, Beaver Creekflush with visitors

Cliff Thompson

VAIL – If you know where to look, you can get a flood of statistics about how many visitors were in town during the three-day Presidents’ Day weekend, despite the fact that skier numbers won’t be made available by Vail Resorts for another month or two.Those statistics are showing there were about 15 percent more people in town than last year.The statistics backing up the percentages are the amount of treated wastewater discharged from a trio of sewer plants serving Vail and Beaver Creek resorts. In lieu of skier numbers – which are not released by publicly-traded Vail Resorts for fear of running afoul of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regulations – sewer plant output is proving the most reliable means of judging the volume of business.The biological contribution at the sewer pant in Vail this year totaled 5.54 million gallons during the three-day holiday. That indicates there were approximately 55,400 people in town during the three days – a 4 percent increase over last year’s 5.32 million gallons. Beaver Creek may have had a banner weekend. The outflow of the Avon sewer plant was 6.89 million gallons during the holiday weekend – a 32.5 percent increase over last year’s 5.2 million.At Edwards, which serves the area from Avon westward, the outflow increased from 3.367 million gallons last year to 3.63 million this year.The combined outflow of the three sewer plants was 16.06 million gallons for the weekend – a 15.6 percent increase over last year.Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or, Colorado

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