Steamboat Briefs: Lodging forecast showing stronger March this year |

Steamboat Briefs: Lodging forecast showing stronger March this year

— March lodging figures are roaring in like a lion — compared with March 2010, at least — and consistently show visitor numbers that top those of a year ago. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s weekly lodging barometer is projecting 11,800 visitors in Steamboat Saturday, an 85 percent capacity that indicates an uptick from the 11,300 visitors and 82 percent capacity seen on the corresponding weekend last year. And this weekend’s actual visitor numbers could exceed the forecast — last weekend’s forecast increased 6 percent by the time actual numbers were counted, as about 800 unexpected guests boosted totals to 11,500, or 83 percent capacity, for March 5.

Looking ahead a week, the Chamber is predicting 11,400 visitors March 16, up from the 10,600 visitors forecast for that midweek period a year ago.

Can Do MS ski fundraiser nets more than $36,000

The 27th annual Vertical Express for Can Do MS held Feb. 27 at Steamboat Ski Area raised $36,034.33, and race Director Bernice Kuca expects that to increase.

Kuca said in an e-mail that teams have until Monday to raise $15,000 to attend the awards celebration April 7 to 10 for all Can Do MS events. As of race day, Kuca said only one of six teams that participated in Steamboat had raised more than $15,000.The teams competed in a super G race down the Sitz and See Me ski runs and an afternoon poker run.

Prizes were given to the fastest male on skis, Tomas Stone (also the fastest overall), fastest female on skis, Kuca, fastest snowboarder, Erik Kling, and fastest monoskier, Matthew Bogue.

Can Do MS, formerly the Heuga Center for MS, was founded by Jimmie Heuga, who won the bronze medal in slalom at the 1964 Winter Olympics and was a member of the U.S. Ski Team with Billy Kidd.

Humble Ranch volunteer open house is March 23

The Equine Assisted Therapy Center at the Humble Ranch will host a volunteer open house from 6 to 7 p.m. March 23 for those interested in volunteering this summer. Programs are in session June 13 through Aug. 18, and one- to three-hour volunteer shifts once a week morning or late afternoon are available. Information regarding the programs, volunteer opportunities, responsibilities and training dates will be available March 23. No horse experience is necessary. RSVP to Pat at 970-879-3443 or

Young Tracks seeks board members in Routt County

The Young Tracks Childcare board of directors is seeking community members. The group is looking for people with a passion for children who are knowledgeable in fundraising or grant writing and who are committed to making the organization thrive. Meetings are the third Tuesday bimonthly throughout the year. Call Kate at 320-226-2236 for more information.

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