Wondering what you'll pay next year for accommodations, group deals, and transportation next ski and snowboard season?You'll find out soon.
The Mountain Travel Symposium (MTS) is the largest gathering of mountain travel professionals in North America and marks the beginning of the sales cycle for the next ski season. Upwards of 1,000 buyers and sellers from around the world are attending the 36th annual event this week at Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado.
The first two days of MTS is the Trade Exchange, a jam-packed, constantly rotating meeting schedule among ski resorts and property management companies negotiating packages and deal for the 2011-12 season.
The final two days is the Group Exchange where more than 125 ski club and council representatives come to MTS to lock in their package deals and dates for next season.
The MTS Forum comes in between and is consistently one of the most important discussion-starters for anyone involved in the mountain travel industry. Speakers include Terry Morse, one of the founders of Travelocity; a panel including Dave Hiffman of United Airlines, Steve Rice of CNL Lifestyle Properties, and Mike Kaplan, president of the Aspen Skiing Company. A number of additional workshops are scheduled.
Highlight of the event is likely to be a presentation by Aron Ralston who was pinned by a half-ton boulder for nearly a week in a remote three-foot-wide slot canyon in southern Utah in 2003. Ralston finally escaped and his story was depicted in a bestselling book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and in recent major motion picture, 127 Hours.