Ski Industry

As summer winds to a close, the Aspen Skiing Company is looking ahead to winter. They’re counting on international visitors from typical players like Australia and Brazil, but also new countries. Ski-Co Director of Worldwide Sales Kristi Kavanaugh says international visits make up 30 percent of the company’s annual revenue, and the community benefits. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen.

Kristi Kavanaugh is Managing Director of Worldwide Sales for the Aspen Skiing Company. Last year was the Skiing Company’s best year ever for international visitation.

Jeremy Swanson/Aspen Snowmass

Despite a dearth of snowfall in January and part of last month, the Aspen Skiing Co. is reporting an uptick in business. 

The Aspen Skiing Company says it is pacing ahead of last season despite being open fewer days compared to 2013-14. While season pass holders skied less during the dry spells, international visitors made up for the loss. The company says it expects to finish the year strong.

Elise Thatcher

Klaus Obermeyer is in his fourth hall of fame. The iconic Aspenite and ski wear entrepreneur was recently inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame, for his decades long contributions to the ski industry. He is the founder of Sport Obermeyer. It informally started when Obermeyer moved to Aspen in 1947, and as he started finding ways to make skiing more comfortable. He came up with the first quilted down parka and made headway with high altitude sunscreen and a variety of other innovations. But Obermeyer’s tinkering with ski-related gear had begun long before.