Glenwood Springs Police are investigating a fatality that occurred late Thursday, apparently involving a female pedestrian who was hit by an unknown vehicle on Interstate 70 near the Glenwood Vapor Caves.

I-70 was closed for about two hours after the 7:45 p.m. incident, which occurred about a half mile east of the main Glenwood Springs Exit 116.

Glenwood Police Chief Terry Wilson said the incident involved an unknown vehicle and an as-yet-unknown female pedestrian victim who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The westbound motorist who was involved appeared to have either left the scene, or drove on not knowing that they had hit a person, he said.

s daylight hours last longer, selected lifts at all four Aspen Snowmass mountains will be open until 4 p.m. starting Feb. 16 through the rest of the season. On Aspen Mountain the Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Express and the FIS lift will run until 4 p.m. All other lifts will close at 3:30 p.m. At Snowmass, the Elk Camp Gondola and Sheer Bliss lifts will run until 4 p.m. The Village Express will run until 4 p.m. to the top and until 4:15 p.m. to the mid station. The Exhibition lift at Aspen Highlands and the Summit Express lift at Buttermilk will also run until 4 p.m.

February 2019 Occupancy Update & Executive Summary

Good morning + Happy Valentine’s Day!

Destimetrics’ January 31st monthly Reservations Activity Report Executive Summary for Aspen & Snowmass can be found here:

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January occupancy actuals: January began the month with occupancy pacing behind last year by -1.7%. With continued snowfall coupled with solid groups and events, we can once again celebrate a come from behind performance. We exceeded last year in both paid and total occupancy.  Combined our paid occupancy was 76%, +2.5% better than last year. Aspen achieved an occupancy of 75%, just shy of last year by -0.1%. Snowmass reached a new record of 78.2%, up +5.5%. Snowmass’s performance was a result of incredible last minute reservations, up +123.9% over last year for January!  Aspen’s in the month growth was also significant at +54.8% more room nights booked into January than last year.

Last month, we highlighted that the school break holiday calendars pushed significant occupancy into January from December, inflating the first week significantly.  Additional notes for the month surround historic favorite events:  Gay Ski Week celebrated its 42nd year overlapping MLK weekend which outperformed last year.  For those who may have missed the announcement, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a Proclamation on January 16, 2019 recognizing Aspen Gay Ski Week for having “long been at the center of the LGBT civil rights movement”, which was well received by our guests.  X-Games, as always, received some great coverage on ESPN globally as well as over social media. According to Destimetrics the weekend occupancy was 3% higher than last year. Congratulations to the entire community on securing another 5 years of X-Games!

February + March on-the-books as of January 31st:  A major calendar shift affecting February is Mardi Gras/Carnival moving from February, 2018 to March, 2019. February occupancy is currently pacing up +4%, which is notable considering the movement from our Latin American visitors to March.  March is a healthy +13.8% in occupancy pace and looks solid the entire month.

April + The Après: The announcement of The Après Festival at Buttermilk April 5-7 triggered significant pick up for April.  On the December 31 report, April was down -8.7% and as of January 31 is now up +7.3%. This change was a result of an impressive increase of 187% more room nights booked for April this January as compared to last year!  While not all of April’s growth falls to The Après weekend, it is a considerable portion of it.  Thank you to the hotels who are hosting the talent for this event, none of this is possible without your support.  Packages pairing lift, concert tickets and lodging are selling via Stay Aspen Snowmass. Check out the website for more information: https://www.aspensnowmass.com/while-you-are-here/events/the-apres

Winter in total: The winter months collectively are pacing +4.1%, with each month now pacing ahead of last year for the first time. March is pacing the highest at +13.8%.  Regarding open terrain, we are now 99.8% open while the same time last year we were at approximately 73% open.