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With reservoirs recharged, rafting companies rebound

SUMMIT COUNTY – For many rafters, the river flows of 2002 elicited about the same thrills as riding the water of a garden hose over some backyard rocks.

Business reflected that.

Now, after a summer of recharged reservoirs and healthy streams, business has started flowing again, especially among local guides.

“This summer has been tremendous,” said Christy Campton, co-owner of Kodi rafting in Frisco. “This is definitely a rebound from last year.”

While statewide numbers will not be released for some time, that upbeat sentiment is already a familiar refrain around the county.

“(It’s) considerably better than last year, that’s for sure,” said Mark Hammer, owner of The Adventure Company in Breckenridge. “This has been a good year for us.”

After a powerful 2001, a near 39-percent drop in customers statewide hit rafting companies hard in 2002. This year, Summit County businesses are reporting a rebound that most say will lift them close to or above 2001 levels. Add to that expectations of a strong finish and things are looking healthy.

“We’re returning back to our normal operating procedure, which feels comfortable and feels nice,” said John Cantamessa, president of both Highside Adventure Tours and Good Times Rafting. “We expect a very strong finish that might even take us above 2001 numbers.”

Even for Hammer, whose company is looking at numbers “just slightly lower” than 2001, optimism abounds.

“We’re finishing stronger than I expected,” he said. “(The) water level is getting a little bit low right now, but it’s still a really good trip.”

Aidan Leonard can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or


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