Vail Valley business briefs, Jan. 5 |

Vail Valley business briefs, Jan. 5

Daily Staff ReportsVail, CO,

The Vail Valley Partnership announced this week that its short-term room booking Web site is back at its original Internet address.After more than nine months of operating as, the site is back at vailonsale.comThe site was a bargaining chip in an intellectual property dispute between the Vail Valley Partnership and the firm controlling the technical and administrative functions that powered the site. Since its launch in 2000, and have been visited an average of 10,000 times per month by people looking for last-minute lodging deals. More than 60 lodging properties load their room inventories into the site.We are thrilled to have our original URL back in our control, Vail Valley Partnership President and CEO Michael Kurz said. Valley hoteliers and property managers have come to rely on Vail On Sale to help them market their excess room inventory and visitors from around the world have come to rely on the site for great deals on last minute trips. Now, with the integration of the .com and .net sites, guests will be assured a seamless experience.To learn more, go to

Christy Sports, with a store in Avon, Colorado, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new Web site and an opportunity for customers to win fabulous prizes. Through this ski season, the company is giving away more than $50,000 in prizes and is also planning a birthday ski party on March 11 at Copper Mountain East Village at the base of the Super B lift. This is our way of saying thank you to our loyal customers who have supported us for 50 years, said Keith Liefer, chief operating officer of Christy Sports. Our customers have made it possible for us to expand from our first location on West Colfax Ave. in Denver to currently more than 40 stores throughout the Rocky Mountain region. We want to celebrate by rewarding them for their patronage and loyalty. Christy Sports is giving away 16 prizes per week until March 15. Customers can sign up at Christy Sports locations throughout Colorado and Utah. Every Sunday, one name from each of the 16 regions will be drawn for the prize. Prizes include K2 skis, sunglasses from Smith and helmets from Giro. To learn more go to

Sherman & Howard L.L.C., the firm with the second-greatest number of attorneys in Denver as well as an office in the Vail Valley has announced that it has combined its firm with Netzorg McKeever Koclanes & Bernhardt LLC. The move, along with a combination with Phoenix-based Mohr, Hackett, Pederson, Blakley & Randolph, give Sherman & Howard a staff of more than 190 lawyers in nine offices in Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and Missouri.

Travelscream, an Internet-based travel company, has expanded its staff and moved into new offices in Edwards, Colorado. The company, which launched in 2006, expanded significantly in 2008. More than 2,000 hotels worldwide are now using Travelscream. The companys Syndicated Partner Network now has media partners including, and Conde Nast Web sites, and founders and staff had been split between offices in Vail and Aspen, with other executives working out of state. In addition to the Edwards office, Travelscream has also opened a New York City office to manage new business development and media partnerships. To learn more, go to

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