Business File for Dec. 28

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Coupon book company awards Las Vegas prize

The Steamboat Connection Coupon Book has found its first Las Vegas vacation prize winner, after four years of offering the prize, according to a news release. The local who finds a palm tree stamp in his or her copy of the coupon book wins a vacation for two to the gambling hot spot. No one had yet stepped forward to receive the prize.

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Mary Batenhorst found the winning stamp in her book, the news release stated. She and a guest will receive airfare and accommodations from the Steamboat Connection this spring. More information about the program is at www.steamboatconnection.com.

Christy Sports begins to provide ski rental passes

Christy Sports began offering its Ultimate Demo Ski Pass last week, according to a news release.

Available for the first time, the pass allows skiers access to various types of this year's top-of-the-line skis. The 10-day rental pass costs $250, the 20-day pass $350, and a season pass is $450. The pass must be purchased before Jan. 12. Interested customers must call Christy Sports' reservation phone number, 888-413-6966, five days before they want to use the pass, the news release stated. Skis can be picked up at any of the 40 store locations in Colorado and Utah; Christy has five locations in Steamboat.

Pass holders can choose from a list of skis that include all-mountain to fat skis, for men and women. The complete list and additional information are at www.christysports.com/ultimatedemoskipass. Customers first choose a model and size, called the primary ski. This ski is guaranteed every time, with 48-hour notice. In addition, the customer has access to all other demo skis available in the given Christy Sports location, on a first-come, first-served basis, the release stated.

Drahota employees earn their LEED accreditation

Drahota Construction's Derek Cohen, a project manager; Ed Hurtubis, an assistant project manager in Steamboat; and Brad McDanald, an assistant superintendent, all have earned LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council, according to a news release. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is widely recognized as the standard in the design, construction, and operation of green buildings, the release stated.

LEED professional accreditation distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process. LEED accredited professionals have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED rating system. In order to earn LEED certification through the LEED rating system, a building must meet the highest green building and performance measures and is then deemed to be environmentally responsible and profitable, as well as a healthy place to live and work.

With this accreditation, Cohen, Hurtubis and McDanald and their LEED accredited counterparts at Drahota are not only well-educated about green building practices, but they also can guide Drahota clients who want to construct buildings that will earn LEED certification, the release stated.

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