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Holiday lodging reservations up over last year

JENNIFER HARPER

Summit Daily/Kristin Skvorc

SUMMIT COUNTY – “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” seems to be the mantra of local resorts and lodging venues this year, as abundant early season snowfall has contributed to an increase in bookings for December.”It’s amazing what snow does for the ski business,” said Scott Brunvand, general manager of the Best Western Lake Dillon Lodge in Frisco. “We’re way up over last year … and I think it has everything to do with snow … and the economy getting back on track.”Brunvand said the year overall has been good, although not back to business levels before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

Breckenridge Resort Chamber (BRC) spokesperson Kristin Petit reports that Breckenridge is also looking at a strong and healthy holiday season of bookings with limited availability for lodging through New Year’s”Some people are doing some shorter stays since the holidays are on a weekend … but there’s very high demand,” she said.December lodging is up eight to 10 percent over last year, according to Petit.

Petit attributes the increase to the state’s great snow conditions and Breckenridge being featured on NBC’s reality television show “Three Wishes” and NBC’s “The Today Show.”Andrea Lawrence, reservations manager for Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, said Beaver Run’s bookings are up 10 percent for the month of December over last year. And for the Christmas week, as of Wednesday, Beaver Run is up 6 percent compared to last year. “We’re very pleased with the way things are going,” Lawrence said. “There are still a few rooms to sell, and we’re still getting a lot of last minute calls for the week.”

Copper Mountain spokesperson Lauren Pelletreau said Copper’s call center volume has been heavy throughout the week with strong bookings for the entire holiday period.Jennifer Harper can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13620, or at jharper@summitdaily.com.