“Very busy but not completely sold out”: Occupancy in Aspen-Snowmass during World Cup week
March 15, 2017
While the official World Cup Village is at Wagner Park next week, a true taste of the international spirit off the slopes can be felt at the local lodges.
At Chalet Lisl, one of Aspen's oldest, smallest lodges, each unit will host visitors from a different country: Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Argentina, Brazil, New Zealand and Australia, lodge owner Carol Blomquist said.
"I think that's so cool," Blomquist said of renting the lodge's nine units to guests from all pockets of the world.
"We're not totally full all the time because I'm pretty relaxed on renting, so it was fun to suddenly have all these countries represented when I realized how the reservations had lined up."
Blomquist said prospective international guests started calling to reserve rooms as early as two months ago and up until about two weeks ago.
"(Reservations) started not as far back as I thought; in fact, I was getting a little nervous," Blomquist said. "I was a little surprised that the European people didn't book earlier because of flights, but maybe they were waiting to see the outcomes of some of the World Cup races."
The FIS World Cup Finals "will be a very busy week" in terms of lodging occupancy in Aspen and Snowmass Village, Stay Aspen Snowmass President Bill Tomcich said, "but we're not yet completely sold out."
Snowmass' occupancy is expected to remain "pretty steady," in the high 80 percent range throughout the week, Tomcich reported, citing data from DestiMetrics, a research firm that tracks occupancy and bookings in 19 destinations.
"In Aspen, it's a slightly different story," Tomcich said. "It starts off with occupancies actually (at) about 76 percent on Monday night and then it gets steadily busier every night throughout the rest of the week until it peaks."
Occupancy in Aspen next week is expected to peak at 93 percent on Saturday night, he said.
As far as business on the slopes, Aspen Skiing Co. spokesperson Jeff Hanle said that "based on occupancy levels and what we can see from advanced sales, we expect it to be a busy week on the hill."
"Since we have not hosted this event before, we do not know if people will elect to ski Aspen Mountain to watch the races, or if they will head to other mountains to ski," Hanle said, adding that spring breakers also will likely draw more skiers and snowboarders on the hill.
"We expect a large percentage of people in resort over the next week to be skiing and spectating," Hanle said. "Unlike X Games, for instance, some of the best viewing for some of the races will be from alongside the course, not just at the finish area."