Lodging occupancy in Aspen was down 2.4 percent for the 2012-13 winter season, while Snowmass hotels saw a 7.2 percent boost, according to the season-ending report from Stay Aspen Snowmass.
For the month of April, Snowmass saw a 34.6 percent boost in occupancy — from 18.6 percent to 25 percent — while Aspen occupancy increased 3.5 percent to 22.1 percent.
Total occupancy in Aspen for the winter season, defined as November through April, was 51.3 percent, and 46.3 percent in Snowmass. The average nightly room rate in Aspen for the season was $430, up 8.4 percent from last winter, while the average rate in Snowmass was $373, which was up 6.7 percent.
The average nightly rate for Aspen and Snowmass in April was $175 and $180, respectively, both of which were down from last April.
Stay Aspen Snowmass President Bill Tomcich wrote in an email that, averaged together, the Aspen and Snowmass season-ending numbers mean upper-valley occupancy was up 1.6 percent over last winter.
“Not bad at all in light of the slow start we had in December and the loss of some of our airline seats following Frontier’s departure from [the Aspen airport],” Tomcich wrote.
Looking toward the summer, Tomcich wrote that so far, there is “really nothing to be either all that excited or concerned about.”
While the Food & Wine Classic — which kicks off the summer high season on June 14-16 — is once again sold out, there are still rooms available in Aspen for the weekend, with current projected occupancies in the 70s, Tomcich wrote.
“Last year at this time, Aspen was virtually sold-out along with the event itself with occupancies nearing 95 percent as of April 30,” he wrote.
However, bookings for that weekend are pacing ahead in Snowmass by double digits compared to last year, according to Stay Aspen Snowmass.