January 2011

There are 6 blog entries for January 2011.

Rand McNally's Tripologists report that the West is drawing more skiers than other areas in the US and Canada this season based on bookings.

Leading the pack is Lake Tahoe, CA with plenty of of slope activity.  Colorado multiple intriguing destinations, holding spots two through six. 

1. Lake Tahoe, CA

2. Steamboat Springs, CO

3. Vail, CO

4. Aspen, CO

5. Breckenridge, CO

6. Telluride, CO

7. Quebec, QC

8. Stowe, VT

9. Jackson Hole, WY

10. Whistler, BC


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Jon Wade, of Colorado Group Realty, told an audience at a business outlook breakfast last week that an increased number of foreclosures seems inevitable in 2011, but he also pointed out some more encouraging signs in Steam­boat Springs’ housing market.“Distressed properties will continue to define the market,” Wade said. “It will continue to consolidate, and short sales and foreclosures will increase significantly. It’s not pleasant, but the sooner we work through them, the better values will be — the longer foreclosures go on, the lower values will go.”His concerns about foreclosures were backed up by the latest statistics available from county government.Routt County Public Trustee Jeanne Whiddon said she expects January foreclosure filings, called…
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Jones writes about her recent visit to Steamboat Springs in the Los Angeles Times.

When I was a teenager, I cut out a magazine photo showing a cowgirl riding a horse through thigh-high snow. The image was so exotic and romantic that I pasted it to my mirror as a reminder of what I wanted from life. So when I had the chance to take Indigo, my horse-mad 12-year-old daughter, to join friends at Vista Verde Ranch outside Steamboat Springs in midwinter, I had an ulterior motive: I was going to fulfill my cowgirl fantasy.

The plan was to spend four nights at Vista Verde, a summer-winter guest ranch, and three at Steamboat Springs ski resort.

Vista Verde is 25 miles from downtown Steamboat in the middle of the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area. Even swaddled in snow, the…
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Rebounding base area revenues led November sales tax collections that were nearly 2 percent higher than November 2009 citywide.Compared to the $951,706 collected in Nov­­ember 2009, that’s an increase of about 1.9 percent, representing the city’s third month this year with sales tax collections greater than the corresponding month from a year ago. July and September also saw positive sales tax numbers this year. Strong numbers at the base area and in the lodging industry highlighted November’s preliminary sales tax figures. The city’s lodging industry saw an increase of about 13 percent in November from the previous year.November sales tax collections at the base of Steamboat Ski Area exceeded November 2009 by nearly $40,000.

The base area features

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Saunas have been at the core of Finnish culture for thousands of years, a traditional toasty respite in a cold and snowy climate, according to the nonprofit North American Sauna Society, whose members are fans and merchants. More Americans are making space for sauna rooms, clearing out basements, converting closets and even partitioning off backyard sheds. A Florida retailer says sauna sales this year are up as much as 40% over 2009. A Minnesota location says sales of its handmade barrel-like outdoor saunas have been climbing about 6% a year for the past four years. A Fishkill, N.Y. sauna dealer, says sales were up 50% in 2010.Besides the Euro-cool factor, saunas' growing popularity also is due to their practical appeal. They are less fussy to install than…
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