Vail doing solid business in January |

Vail doing solid business in January

Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyA crowd of skiers, tourists and locals make their way across the Covered Bridge and up Bridge Street in Vail Village.

VAIL, Colorado ” Lots of conventioneers in town have boosted the normally-slow first week of January, hoteliers say. And the copious snow in Vail hasn’t hurt, either.

“(January is) off to a very, very good start,” said Dave Pease, general manager of the Vail Marriott.

The first couple of weeks until Martin Luther King Jr. weekend tend to be slow, Pease said. But, this year, the Marriott is hosting a big group of lawyers, some 500 people who were here for the first week of January.

Bookings at the Vail Valley Partnership’s Vail on Sale, a clearinghouse for last-minute lodging deals, are up 107 percent for the first week of January compared to last year, said spokeswoman Monica McCafferty.

The partnership’s more long-term reservations are up 50 percent for the first week of January, McCafferty said.

Vail Mountain has gotten 44 inches of snow in the last eight days.

At the Antlers in Lionshead, more than 90 percent of rooms are generally full these days, said General Manager Rob LeVine.

“Our occupancy is through the room from now into March,” he said. “This year might be a little better than most.”

Vail and Beaver Creek mountains don’t release the number of skiers on their mountain on a given day. But wastewater data from the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District can give an idea of how many people are in town. The numbers indicate that fewer people were in Vail during the first part of January, but more people were in Avon compared to last year.

About 14,700 people were in East Vail and main Vail from Jan. 1-8 this year, according to estimates, down 21 percent from last year.

About 25,100 people were in West Vail, Minturn, Eagle-Vail and Avon, up 16 percent from last year, according to the data.

Matthew Martinucci of the Vail Cascade also said the conference business boosted the hotel for the first week of January. Martinucci was just in Florida, where everyone was talking about the snow here.

“Even people down there are hearing how great the snow is,” he said.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or

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