Breckenridge hosts four public forums on rec center expansion |

Breckenridge hosts four public forums on rec center expansion

Last chance to pre-register for annual SIA tradeshow

The annual SnowSports Industries America tradeshow is coming to Denver, and once again everyone with a stake in winter recreation will keep an eye on the largest industry event of the year.

The diverse interests and needs of snowsports retailers, reps and suppliers has motivated SIA to cultivate tailored elements, events and gatherings for the 2015 SIA Snow Show (Jan. 29 to Feb. 1) at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center.

This year’s four-day event starts with the free “Industry + Intelligence” kickoff on Jan. 28, a day of free market intelligence, keynote inspiration and access to the annual forum for the mountain tourism industry, The Assembly.

Highlights include seminars and the initial results of the Downhill Consumer Intelligence Project (DCIP), addresses from 2014 Paralympic Bronze Medalist Amy Purdy and motivational speaker and humorist Brad Montgomery.

Following the “Industry + Intelligence” seminars, a fun, free evening reception open to all attendees and exhibitors will start the industry’s week.

The SIA Snow Show abounds with more than 60 seminars and clinics on marketing, research, production, trends and sales, all of which address new ways to engage with online consumers and users. Research and trends seminars provide interesting insight about the current and future state of the snowsports market across all categories and styles.

Member-owned, industry-inspired and dedicated exclusively to snowsports, the 2015 SIA Snow Show is followed by the On-Snow Demo/Ski-Ride Fest at Copper Mountain Resort on Feb. 2 and Feb. 3.

Tradeshow passes are $40 for registered industry buyers and media. Pre-registration through the SIA website ends on Jan. 23.

For more information, updates, complete schedules or to register for the show, visit

One-day conference looks at the future of resort lodging

For the third consecutive year, The Assembly, a one-day conference organized by the Denver-based analytics firm Destimetrics, will bring a full roster of lodging and destination tourism seminars to the Colorado Convention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

The Assembly delivers up-to-date tourism research with interpretation to help participants develop marketing strategies for the coming year. As it has for the past three years, the event serves as a multi-disciplinary planning season for mountain resort destinations as they look to summer and next winter.

General sessions and small group workshops are presented by a lineup of 40 industry experts, supported by 30 different businesses and associations. The goal is to foster a collaborative approach for growing year-round mountain tourism among the many and varied businesses engaged in mountain tourism.

This year, summer tourism opportunities are a primary theme. Afternoon sessions will cover a range of topics, including modern marketing, the evolving role of destination marketing organizations and their public sector partners, the potential for bicycle tourism, and the value of special events and on-mountain activities for attracting overnight visitors.

Several of the 15 afternoon workshops will be interactive to allow for discussion and collaboration.

The Assembly comes one day prior to the opening of the SnowSports Industries America tradeshow. Registration for The Assembly includes a pass to the full SIA tradeshow, from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1.

Advance passes cost $295 per person, and day-of passes cost $325. To register or view a conference schedule, see

College savings 101: Free financial presentation from Edwards Jones

Robin Drabant, an Edward Jones financial advisor based in Dillon, is hosting a college savings presentation titled, “College — Getting There from Here,” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22 at the Silverthorne Pavilion.

The presentation will include: questions to consider as investors establish a college savings goal, strategies to help investors reach their goals, and features and benefits of 529 college savings plans. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

The seminar is free, but space is limited. To make a reservation, call the office in Dillon Edwards Jones office at 970-468-7591.

Breck hosts four public forums on rec center expansion

The town of Breckenridge wants to revamp recreation, and town officials want residents to give their thoughts.

In late January and early February, the Breckenridge Recreation Department invites the public to assist in planning for a potential renovation/expansion of the town rec center. Town council has asked the department to present its plan for enhancing the recreation center to meet the community’s needs over the next 15 to 20 years, and input from community members and rec center users is vital.

The recreation department will host four informational seminars over the next three weeks. Drop by one of the seminars to learn about the department’s vision for addressing current and future demands, share your thoughts on what is needed, and express your level of support for the project.

The public forums are held at the Breckenridge Recreation Center and scheduled for Jan. 28, Feb. 2 and Feb. 5 at 6:15 p.m. An afternoon session will take place Jan. 29 at noon.

For more information on the public sessions and center remodel, see

Elevate CoSpace in Frisco hosts Summit Chamber Mixer

The Summit Chamber Mixer will be held on Jan. 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Elevate CoSpace in Frisco.

The mixer gives local business owners and entrepreneurs time to mix, mingle and look back on the holiday season. Bring plenty of business cards and come prepared to meet some new business contacts.

The event is sponsored by Colorado Mountain Express and Elevate CoSpace, with admission set at $5 for chamber members and $10 for non-members. The entry fee includes two drink tickets and dessert sampler from Bun in the Oven.

Elevate CoSpace is located at 711 Granite St., across the parking lot from Abbey’s Coffee. For more info, see

Reting Tibetan Arts opens in Frisco with handmade gifts, holistic products

From the heart of the Himalayas comes Reting Tibetan Arts, a new multicultural gift store now open in Frisco.

The store, owned by Denver-based Nepal native Sona Tenzin, opened this past October in time for the holiday rush. This is Tenzin’s first store in the Summit County area, spurred by the popularity of his handmade gifts and holistic products sold at festivals in Denver, Colorado Springs and Boulder.

Reting Tibetan Arts features hundreds of small, gift-like items made in Tibet, Nepal, India and other countries with an Eastern influence. Tenzin says his line of handmade sterling silver jewelry with semi-precious stones are the most popular products, ranging in price from $25 to nearly $400. Most pieces are in the $75 to $85 range. Along with jewelry, the store also carries hundreds of colored beads and bead products. Tenzin’s wife, store manager Tenzin Mickey, makes custom bead jewelry and also offers bead repair.

Along with jewelry, the store also carries a swath of holistic and alternative health products. Tenzin attends holistic fairs across the state to find new items, such as chakra healing products made for practitioners of Buddhism and Hinduism. The store also carries a range of Tibetan singing bowls (or “healing bowls”), the inverted and intricately designed brass bowls used for meditation.

Reting Tibetan Arts is found at 610 Main St. in Frisco, located near Around the World Toys and Ollie’s Pub and Grub. The store doesn’t have a website yet. To find out more about products, pricing and services, call 720-878-8545.

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