The Altitude News
Ski Area Closing Dates
Arapahoe Basin June 2nd
Beaver Creek April 14th
Breckenridge May 27!
Copper Mountain April 21st
Keystone April 7th
Loveland May 5th
Ski Cooper April 7th
Vail April 21st
Things to Know About Breckenridge
1. Spring Skiing is THE Best; 2020 is looking like another deep snow year for most of Colorado. The best part of having so much mid-winter powder is the spectacular spring skiing it provides come March, April and in Breckenridge through till Memorial Day! With healthy base depths, we will be 100% open once spring arrives and the longer days mean ample time for off-mountain activities such as fat-biking, snow shoeing, and tubing. For those looking to relax, a poolside chez lounge awaits and the high mountain sun is positioned perfectly for bronzing. Powder hounds on the other hand will be surprised by the frequency of spring snowstorms that plaster the higher elevation peaks.
2. Tourism Spending tops $1 Billion!: And this is just Summit County here. This puts Summit at #3 on the list state wide behind the counties that host Denver and Co. Springs, we are in the Big Leagues! Additionally Breckenridge has seen a 7% increase in sales tax revenue from 2018-2019. Other towns in the Summit did even better year over year sales tax wise. Breckenridge utilizes the money for improving the quality of life here like the rec center, ice rink, transportation and protecting open space. A large piece is also used for housing assistance programs so that we can keep the wheels turning.
3. Short Term Rental Tax Bill Dead; There has been considerable concern around lately over a bill that had been drafted in the state senate. It sought to re-classify short-term rental homes as commercial properties rather than residential for tax purposes. The change would have been big; from a 7.96% residential assessment rate to a 29% nonresidential assessment rate. It would have likely reduced the available rental properties for our visitors. After reading the above article this would have been the proverbial shooting yourself in the foot. It would likely have reduced overall tax revenue instead of increasing it. Worry not, good sense prevailed as the measure has been postponed indefinitely before it even got to first base. It's unlikely this kind of thing will ever gain traction as those that I consult with say it is contrary to the state constitution and would never hold up.
I hope you're having a great winter and planning on some Spring Skiing!