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Meeting the needs of the business traveler

In a quest to lure a more diverse group visitors to mountain resorts, Breckenridge and Keystone have learned to accommodate big business in the Rockies, and now Copper Mountain has joined it’s fellow Summit County resorts in creating a playground for the work-aholic.

For those corporate gurus who can’t seem to escape the daily grind of e-mailing, conference calling and presentation preparation there are plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors and still get a little work done, and for Summit County resorts this provides for a much needed financial pick-me-up. Resorts are hoping to stay afloat in the summer months with help from the business world. The Rocky Mountains have upheld their recreation reputation, but the winter sports aren’t pulling their weight financially. Mixing work time with play time seems to be the latest trend in corporate America, and businesses are finding that mountain resorts can offer a more unique setting than the big cities.

So, Copper mountain has done a bit of renovation to accommodate the trend. Remodel and renovation costs for the new Copper Conference center totaled more than 300,000, according to C.J. Mathews, of Copper Mountain.



“We suspect that the new conference facility will help boost Copper’s conference business throughout the summer and coming years.” said Ben Friedland communications manager for Copper.

“People aren’t coming just to ski anymore, we now have a year round resort,” he said.



Resorts need to provide a shopping, resturaunt, entertainment and business industry to entice a variety of visitors. Now people can come to the Rockies for the high tech capabilities as well at the recreation aspect. Combined the three resort conference centers, Keystone, Breckenridge and Copper, have the ability to bring more than 7,000 business men and women to the Rockies, and can sponsor more than 80 conferences at one time.

Each resort has a little something extra to offer the business folk. Copper’s new “ski in, ski out” facility provides access to a WorldCom Communications Center located inside the conference center. WorldCom offers conference attendees and the general public four individual computer work stations, small offices with computers, phones, color printers and the necessary technology needed to accomplish daily office tasks. The conference center can accommodate up 800 people at one time.

“The WorldCom center is an addition to make the conference experience at Copper that much better,” said Friedland.

Keystone’s little extra — the resort conference center has space available for up to 5,000 people or 50 different meetings at one time. According to Kemp, this resort has been recognized as being the largest conference facilities in the Rocky Mountains. The resort in its entirety can hold 14,632.

Brekenridge resort also has its own little extra — mountain top conferencing. The Village of Breckenridge can provide space for up to 1,500 people and during the summer months a short chair lift ride for conference attendees will make for a unique experience. All three centers provide guests with audio, visual equipment needed for tradeshows, exhibits, business meetings and conferences as well as high speed Internet access, e-mail ports and color copy machines. It’s everything at your fingertips; plenty of fun and just enough work. That’s business in Summit County.


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