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Top 5 web-only stories this week

Compiled by Caitlin Row
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Leading ski industry executives from around the world descended upon Keystone for the 41st annual Mountain Travel Symposium. Speakers on Wednesday, April 6, included (from left to right): moderator Bruce Rosard, Matt Mosteller from Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, Rob Perlman, president and CEO of Steamboat Ski Resort, Jürg Schmid, CEO of Switzerland Tourism, and Steve Wright, chief marketing officer at Jay Peak Resort in Vermont.
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1. Nevada tourism officials seek to attract more Asian visitors.

According to Northern Nevada Business Weekly’s Sally Roberts, “Asian tourism is big business and getting bigger. Chinese alone accounted for 1.5 million visitors to the United States in 2012 — not including residents of Hong Kong. … Nevada tourism and marketing officials are working to ensure many of those tourists stop in the Silver State.”

2. Orders for lower-priced electric Tesla cars are trending upwards of 276,000.

The Associated Press reported that “Tesla’s new Model 3 starts at $35,000 and has a range of 215 miles per charge. Customers must put down $1,000 to order the cars, which go on sale in late 2017. The Palo Alto, California, company started taking orders early Thursday, shortly before (Elon) Musk unveiled the car in Los Angeles.”

3. Mountain-travel industry leaders discussed ski-resort trends and challenges at a recent Colorado forum. Mountain Travel Symposium was hosted in Keystone, Colorado.

“Skier days, the metric commonly used to judge the strength of a winter season, and lift ticket sales have remained fairly flat for some years,” reported Kevin Fixler of Summit Daily News. “It’s either time for business expansion or face collapse from grasping too tightly to the traditional resort model, speakers warned.”

4. North Shore golf courses announce opening dates as temperatures warm.

5. Sheep recently returned to graze in Carson City to reduce fire risk around the area.

“About 800 ewes with 1,100 lambs have returned to graze the hills on Carson City’s west side,” reported Anne Knowles of the Nevada Appeal.

“The sheep will spend four to six weeks here eating cheatgrass, the highly-flammable weed.”

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