Ski resorts cashing in on tax cuts, Grand Valley business gets a boost

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Last year's ski season wasn't what Colorado is used to, but that's not stopping ski resorts from investing in their mountains.

"They had things they wanted to do for years, so boom, they're doing them," said Rick Spear, of Leitner-Poma.

Leitner-Poma in Grand Junction is busier than ever making ski lifts for resorts across the state. They said with this year's corporate tax cuts, the mountains are cashing in while they can to upgrade their lifts.

“This is our best year in about 15 years," said Spear.

Leitner-Poma is doing about 60 percent more business in 2018 than usual and has had to hire 10 more people to keep up with demand.

Their lifts are all over the state, and they currently have projects for Loveland, Copper Mountain, A-Basin and Winter Park. Copper Mountain will have a new lift that has chairs and gondolas on the same line.

Powderhorn said they are looking to install a high-speed quad with their new investment partner, but Leitner-Poma said they have not made any deals with the local resort yet.