Colorado's mountain resort towns see record summer sales-tax revenues

DENVER - Resort towns across Colorado's high county reported record sales-tax revenues and visitor spending this past summer.

Not only are visitors returning to mountain playgrounds after a few years of economic malaise, they are spending more. The surging flow of cash is revealing summer as the new powerhouse in ski towns.

"Summer is a great place to expand our horizons," said Dr. John Warner, the dentist-mayor of Breckenridge, where this past summer's four-month sales-tax receipts reached an all-time high.

Telluride, Aspen and Vail joined Breckenridge in harvesting record retail sales-tax revenue over the summer. Winter Park and Steamboat Springs reached five-year high points, returning close to even with the freewheeling heydays of 2007 and 2008, before the recession stifled spending.

In Steamboat, the rebound of the real-estate market fueled the sales-tax spike with the return of second-home owners, the workhorses of most high-country economies.

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