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Vail Daily column: Vail Mountain opening is coming up

For many of us in the Vail Valley, fall is our favorite time of year. Once the leaves fall and we feel the crisp morning air, we know winter is near. Soon we will be back on the mountain enjoying the snow. Yet we have beautiful afternoons to enjoy the sunshine and get in those last bike rides. We love it most of all because of the quiet time in the valley, the calm before ski season, where the locals enjoy restaurant and retail specials … and less traffic. Many are able to take well-deserved time off or enjoy a slower pace before we welcome all of our winter guests to the resort. It clears our minds and gets us ready for 156 days of the winter season.

Merchant Pass Program

All of us in the resort business are busy recruiting the additional staff we need to service all of those guests visiting our ski towns. All of those who are new to the valley this winter are most likely here for one thing: the snow and the fun it offers. Offering your employees a ski pass program has become a standard in order to attract and retain quality employees. Being a member of the Vail Chamber & Business Association gives you access to the Merchant Pass available at $809. Being able to own the passes through the business, the one-time transferability and the flexibility to purchase the pass throughout the ski season at an affordable rate are key. You can even check up to see if that sick day is really a powder day on the mountain.

The merchant passes are available to all business owners that are members of the Vail Chamber & Business Association and Vail Valley Partnership after attending the annual Vail Chamber & Business Association Winter update meeting hosted at The Sebastian-Vail on Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. The business owner or a key member of your staff must be present. Can't make it? Other qualifying programs are available. For more information, please contact 970-477-0075 or visit http://www.vailchamber.org

This time of year also reminds us the holidays are approaching and gift season is upon us. Fall is the perfect time to get an early start on purchasing Christmas presents. Not only are there many retail deals for locals prior to opening day, many participate in Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. Support our small businesses by getting unique gifts for your loved ones locally. Small businesses are the heart of our resort towns, and one of the many reasons those guests from all around the world visit our award winning ski towns.

For retailers, Mobloggy is hosting a strategic marketing and Small Business Saturday planning class on Nov. 10 at 8:30 a.m. Learn how to select the best offer for your ideal audience, create a promotional plan and keep that momentum going through the new year. This class is free to Vail Chamber & Business Association members, $25 for non-members. To register or for more information, call 970-306-6031 or email info@mobloggy.com.

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There are only 18 days after today until Vail Mountain opens. We can't wait.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Vail Chamber & Business Association, what we have to offer businesses, further details on membership, or to receive the weekly newsletter, then email us at info@vailchamber.org or call 970 754 0075.

Marleen Bosch is the reservations sales manager at The Sebastian-Vail. She is a Vail Chamber & Business Association board member.