Summit County: Annual ski area COO breakfast is Oct. 20 |

Summit County: Annual ski area COO breakfast is Oct. 20

Janice Kurbjun
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A multimedia event with video, future outlooks and more – the Summit County Chamber of Commerce’s COO Breakfast is a month out – but tickets are on sale now.

The event, slated this year for 8 a.m. Oct. 20, drew roughly 350 people last year – a standing room-only crowd – and is a chance to hear firsthand from Alan Henceroth of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Pat Campbell of Breckenridge Ski Resort, Gary Rodgers of Copper Mountain, John Buhler from Keystone Resort and Rob Goodell from Loveland Ski Area. Each officer will get roughly 20 minutes to present to the crowd gathered at the Copper Mountain Conference Center.

The event is open to the public and provides an exclusive opportunity to ask questions directly of the COOs. Sponsors will have display tables, and door prizes have been donated for the event.

“It’s really the kick-off of the ski season,” Summit County Chamber membership and programs coordinator Judi LaPoint said. “All the COOs have big plans for their ski areas. This is the place where we learn about those. Businesspeople need to understand what the ski areas have in-store this year so we can make plans for our business.”

It’s also useful for the interested recreational skier.

“If you love skiing, you’ll love to know what’s going on,” LaPoint said, adding that most resorts put together a multimedia presentation akin to those of Teton Gravity Research or Warren Miller Entertainment – though shorter.

“It gets you super psyched,” LaPoint said. “People love to know what’s going on. It’s an opportunity to ask questions, so if you have a burning question this is the time to get those answered because (the COOs) are right there.”

Ticket prices are tiered, based on when they are purchased and how many are sold. They include a buffet breakfast and a selection of beverages. Currently, they cost $35, or $280 for a table of 10, until the next hundred are filled. Then, the price will rise $5 incrementally.

“It pays to get the tickets early,” LaPoint said, adding that the tickets are filling fast and that she expects another sell-out crowd like last year. The chamber is selling roughly 400 tickets this year.

Tickets are available online at or at (866) 763-5956.

Sponsorships at various levels are available. Contact LaPoint at (970) 389-6470 for more information.

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