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ASPEN – December 2010 lodging occupancy in Aspen fell shy of matching the same month in 2009, but the rates paid for rooms was up.

Occupancy slipped about 2 percent, according to the latest report from MTRiP, but the average daily rate was $548 in December, a 5.5 percent gain over 2009’s average rate of $519.

January occupancy, based on bookings so far, is about flat compared to last year.

However, Bill Tomcich, president of reservations agency Stay Aspen Snowmass, said both Aspen and Snowmass Village will see near sell-outs during the Winter X Games on the final weekend of January, especially on Jan. 27-29.

The total number of rooms booked in December for future dates in Aspen was up nearly 25 percent, compared to reservations activity in December 2009, according to MTRiP.

For the holidays, Aspen’s peak occupancy hit 90 percent on New Year’s Eve, topping 88 percent in 2009, according to Tomcich. Snowmass peaked at 78 percent on Dec. 29, compared to 77 percent on the same night in 2009.

December occupancy in Snowmass Village was up 16 percent, while its average daily rate of $355 was up about 11 percent, compared to December 2009.

ASPEN – Aspen skiing legend Klaus Obermeyer is the speaker at this week’s Aspen Business Luncheon, scheduled for 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Hotel Jerome.

Obermeyer will tell his story of helping turn Aspen into a world-class ski resort, along with designing the first plastic ski boot and ski wear that has become known worldwide. He will be interviewed by Terry Hale.

Cost is $26 and includes a buffet lunch. To RSVP, contact Todd Shaver at

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