Colorado Ski Towns Concerned About airbnb Impact

Resort communities weigh regulation, enforcement of vacation rentals

From The Denver Post, July 19, 2015

A comprehensive analysis by the Colorado Association of Ski Towns, or CAST, reveals homeowners’ conversion of long-term rental properties into short-term vacation rentals as the largest rental-by-owner issue for resort communities.

Vacation rentals now join the list of challenges for mountain communities that struggle to balance the demands of their tourist-dependent economies with the need to preserve a vibrant community.

Those two forces — fostering community and feeding the tourist machine — are intertwined yet often incompatible.