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Weak dollar brings Europeans in droves to Winter Park

Katie Looby
Grand County Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily NewsSkiers and snowboarders at the base of Winter Park Resort last week.

WINTER PARK ” While the United States’ weakened dollar has kept some vacationers from leaving the country, it has also attracted international travelers Colorado ski resorts.

Darcy Morse, Winter Park Resort communications manager, said the resort has noticed more skiers from abroad.

More than a million skiers visit the resort annually. With three weeks left in the ski season, it’s still hard to tell if the numbers are higher than previous years. But one thing the resort does know ” where the visitors are coming from.

“International (marketing) has always been a huge focus,” Morse said. “Each year you try to do more.”

Winter Park targets skiers internationally by advertising and creating relations with wholesalers. It distributes brochures and press kits at regional and international press trips. It provides wholesalers with trail maps, videos, pictures and e-mails with resort updates.

“Given the value of the dollar, it’s certainly possible that there would be more international guests,” Morse said. “It’s more about constant communication with them.”

Skiers choose Winter Park Resort over other Colorado destinations because it is convenient, she said.

“(Winter Park) is 67 miles from Denver,” Morse said. “Essentially, someone could fly here and ski here the same day.”

Catherine Ross, Winter Park and Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce executive director, said bookings show more international guests have visited Winter Park this ski season.

Tourists have spent record-breaking amounts, she said.

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