Ski season kickoff tonight |

Ski season kickoff tonight

Caitlin Row
Summit Daily News

SUMMIT COUNTY – When a scarcity of funds caused the Summit County Chamber of Commerce to lay off its staff of three in July, the chamber board assured its members that services would continue as usual, and they would still try to put on the annual COO breakfast which kicks off each ski season.

Due to an outpouring of support from volunteers and local businesses, the Chamber has stuck to its word, providing basic services to the community and its members. And the COO Breakfast is continuing on in concept with the help of the Our Future Summit and the Summit Daily News.

There are some big changes however. In place of what used to be the Chamber’s COO breakfast, a 2009-2010 ski season preview event will be held tonight, Oct. 21, from 7-9 p.m. in the Summit County Community and Senior Center.

According to event planner Sandy Briggs from Our Future Summit, an intimate breakfast for 500 people was a major undertaking, and without the Chamber’s full-time staff it would have been difficult to pull it off. An evening event with light snacks, and representatives from Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone and Loveland ski areas, was doable.

What to expect

Ski resort representatives – Arapahoe Basin Ski Area’s vice president and chief operating officer Alan Henceroth, Breckenridge Ski Resort’s director of mountain operations Gary Shimanowitz, Copper Mountain Ski Resort’s president and chief operating officer Gary Rodgers, Keystone Resort’s vice president of mountain operations Doug Lovell and Loveland Ski Area’s director of business operations Rob Goodell – will preview their operations for the upcoming season at the kickoff event.

Topics covered at the kickoff will include: Opening and closing dates; facility and lift upgrades; ongoing projects; season, multi-day and day pass information; special events; ski and snowboard school programs; competition schedules and environmental initiatives. The gathering will also be an opportunity for each resort to raise its profile, screen videos, and distribute new trail maps and other promotional materials.

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