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Glenwood hosting ski confab

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Sunlight Mountain Resort and Glenwood Springs have an opportunity to showcase themselves to skiers and travel industry people from around the country this weekend.

The National Ski Council Federation – an organization of ski councils nationwide – is holding its annual meeting in Glenwood Springs for the first time. Around 60 to 80 people are expected to stay Thursday through Sunday for the NSCF meeting.

They’ll discuss in two days of solid meetings things pertinent to the ski industry, from legal issues to environmental issues. The discussions revolve around developing a dialogue between skiers and the ski industry. In addition to networking, the NSCF is interested in checking out what the city has to offer and learn about Sunlight and its expansion plans, NSCF president Mark Harris said.

Congressman Mark Udall and Troy Hawks of the National Ski Areas Association are featured speakers for the NSCF event, not open to the general public.

Harris said the federation’s councils represent well over 300 clubs and more than 340,000 skiers.

“Sunlight is not one of the better known areas like Aspen and Vail, so it really offers a unique opportunity for Sunlight and Glenwood Springs to showcase themselves,” Harris said.

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Each year, the federation travels to different areas for the annual meeting. Since its first meeting in 1998, the gatherings have been held in such places as Quebec, Canada; British Columbia, Canada; Engleberg, Switzerland; and such U.S. locations as Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Copper Mountain Resort, Crested Butte and Park City, Utah.

“I got to meet (Sunlight group sales manager) Janet Sellers at one of the ski shows in Chicago,” Harris said. “She and I talked and she kind of jumped on the opportunity to bring the federation out there.”

About 27 hotel rooms, along with meeting space and meals, have been donated to the NSCF by the Hotel Colorado and the Ramada Inn and Suites, said Sellers. The industry representatives in town for the meeting are also getting reduced rates.

“This particular meeting will basically be an opportunity for Glenwood Springs and Sunlight to showcase their town,” she said. “These people have skied Vail many times. They have skied Aspen many times. They have not spent a lot of time in Glenwood Springs. It’s an opportunity for us to show them what we have to offer.”

People in town for the NSCF meeting will be staying in Glenwood Springs’ hotels and eating at its restaurants. They are also expected to take advantage of rafting and other recreational activities, Sellers said. The event could also help promote summer tourism, since many of the ski clubs represented are also travel clubs that look for year-round opportunities.

“We have never hosted this before,” Sellers said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”