Skico hoping a rebound in international customers helps fuel recovery from recession
ASPEN — If you’re hitting the slopes of Aspen-Snowmass this week, it might help to speak Australian. Yes, the Aussies are back in force. A year after international business dipped because of the recession, Aspen Skiing Co. officials have high hopes for a rebound.“The weak U.S. dollar is helping us,” said Skico Senior Vice President David Perry… He said the Skico would look for a 5 percent increase in international business over last season because the currency exchange rate is favorable for residents of Aspen’s major overseas markets. Ian Purchas, a Sydney resident who organizes an annual conference for Australian accountants and lawyers, said the condition of the economy and the strength of the Aussie dollar is bringing people back to the slopes.
By Scott Condon, Jan. 14, 2010 Aspen Times