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Inside Business: Business briefs

ASPEN ” Last year marked a record-setting ski season for U.S. resorts with 60.5 million skier visits, according to the National Ski Areas Association. As travelers begin thinking about where to find the best deals and the most snow for the upcoming season, Orbitz predicts this year’s most popular destinations based on customer bookings, and reveals where to find great savings.

“While ski vacations are more popular than ever before, the current economy presents new challenges for travelers on tighter budgets than in past years,” said Heather Leisman, senior director of merchandising for Orbitz. “Travelers looking for ski season savings need only a bit of expert advice on when and where to travel, and Orbitz has the insider knowledge to help them hit the slopes.”

According to Orbitz bookings for 2008-’09 ski season, Lake Tahoe takes the top spot, and Colorado makes a strong showing with six of its most popular destinations making the top 10 list, including Aspen at No. 5.

Within those ski destinations, Orbitz helps travelers identify where to find the best savings by offering the average daily hotel rates for each destination.

2008-’09 top destination/average daily hotel rate:

1. Lake Tahoe: $116

2. Breckenridge: $225

3. Park City: $239

4. Vail: $286

5. Aspen: $227

6. Keystone: $149

7: Winter Park: $193

8. Whistler, B.C. $292

9. Banff, Canada: $189

10: Steamboat Springs: $204

ASPEN ” The Aspen Young Professionals Association offers a chance to sell oneself and one’s business to other professionals in the Roaring Fork Valley at an eight-minute networking event on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the St. Regis in Aspen.

It’s designed to be a high-energy, structured networking session that encourages the exchange of leads and referrals. There also will be appetizers and a cash bar, as well as a drawing for dinner for two at Olives at the St. Regis. The event is free for AYPA members, and $20 for nonmembers. RSVP to For more information, or to join AYPA, go to

BASALT ” Wendy Lucas and Co. has reconfigured its real estate sales offerings in order to specialize in niche markets.

“It is a commitment to serve our clients better, to rise to a higher level of service and to know more than other realtors in the valley,” said Wendy Lucas, owner/broker of the Basalt-based firm. “By specializing, our Realtors will be better at the basics and bring more knowledge to every deal. They will hold themselves to a higher standard.”

CARBONDALE ” The Carbondale Chamber’s Business After Hours will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Floral Boutique and Carbondale Insurance will be the co-hosts, as well as Peppino’s Pizza and the Valley Journal. Call 963-1890 for details.

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