Peaks Named ‘Host Hotel’ for Upcoming Gay Ski Week
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Jan 21, 2010 | 2379 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print

TELLURIDE – The producers of Telluride Gay Ski Week have named The Peaks Resort and Spa as the Host Hotel for the Seventh Annual Telluride Gay Ski Week, scheduled for Feb. 20-27, and presented by the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Telluride Gay Ski Week has been ranked the Number One Gay Ski Week in the United States in the global ranking by, the leading Internet resource for the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) community. 

“We look forward to hosting this longstanding community event and group that comes to town solely for an unpretentious good time,” said Mike Hess, the resort’s marketing vice president. “I am confident that our property will showcase the best that Telluride has to offer, providing a world class home away from home for the week’s participants.”

Events are planned throughout the week including past years’ popular events such as the White Night Party and the Opening Night Party hosted this year at The Peaks Resort and Spa featuring brands from the official wine, beer and spirit sponsors of Telluride Gay Ski Week. New this year: the Blades of Glory Skating Party and sponsorship from The Matthew Shepard Foundation, including a benefit dinner which co-founder Judy Shepard, Matthew’s mother, is scheduled to attend.

“The Peaks Resort & Spa is the perfect property to host our group for both on and off mountain activities available at or nearby the resort,” said John McGill, co-founder and partner of StraightOut Media and Marketing, the producer of Telluride Gay Ski Week. “The resort features unparalleled views by the fire, the largest spa in Colorado and decadent dining options. What more could our participants ask for?


Lodging reservations for Telluride Gay Ski Week can be made by calling 970/728-2567. A special Telluride Gay Ski Week is being offered to eventgoers.


Paul Zabel Joins Elevation Vacations as CEO

TELLURIDE – Paul Zabel is back in the property management and resort accommodations business after joining Elevation Vacations as that company’s co-owner and chief operating officer.

Zabel, A 17-year Telluride region resident, has worked to develop and shape some of Telluride’s biggest property-management firms.

Zabel became an owner of Alpine Lodging in 1997, overseeing that company’s sales’ growth from $700,000 to $3.8 million in five years. During that time, Alpine increased its inventory from 40 units to 160 units, acquired, and added a real estate division and travel agency to its services.

“I’m excited about this new opportunity, because I’m returning to a business that I know very well,” said Zabel, who worked in real estate after selling Alpine in 2005 until taking the helm at Elevation Vacations last months. “I’m working with a company that represents some of the best properties in the region,” he said.

“I’ll be 100 percent focused on improving sales and service on behalf of our clients.”

Elevation Vacations recorded a 30 percent increase in December 2009 bookings over 2008, and is forecasting a 20 percent forecast jump in January 2010 over 2009.

Elevation Vacations’ co-owner and chief financial officer Peter McGinty pronounced himself “thrilled to have Paul join our team.

“He has a proven track record of success in this business, he’s a well-respected member of the community, and his contacts, insights, and work ethic will no doubt be pivotal as we grow the business further.”
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