SNOWMASS VILLAGE — On top of a reeling national economy and a reduced marketing budget that cut out three of its popular Thursday night concerts, Snowmass Village is getting hit hard by the scaling back of corporate travel this summer, and local merchants are feeling it. Snowmass has always relied on groups to boost summer tourism, which pales in comparison to its winter business, and is significantly less than what Aspen sees. “Group business is down all over the country, and it’s always been something that’s sustained us,” said L.C. Chambers, who owns the Goodfellows pizza shop on the Snowmass Mall with her husband David. Occupancy statistics bear out the lopsided decline. Aspen lodges were down 16
percent in July, while Snowmass was down 27 percent, according to the latest occupancy reports provided by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.
By Catherine Lutz, August 14, 2009, Aspen Daily News

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