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A busy weekend expected

National Brotherhood of Skiers brings more than 2,000 to 'Boat

— Steamboat Springs is expected to see a bump in tourist visits this weekend, thanks in large part to the National Brotherhood of Skiers.

The weekly lodging barometer published by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association predicts about 14,300 out-of-town visitors will stay in Steamboat on Saturday night.

That number represents 800 more visitors than those who stayed overnight on the corresponding Saturday in 2006.

Out-of-town guest totals are expected to be high throughout the week with Wednesday projections at 13,000 out-of-town visitors, 1,300 more than the same time last year.

“I would we definitely attribute that higher number to the National Brotherhood of Skiers,” said chamber spokeswoman Riley Polumbus.

The National Brotherhood of Skiers is expected to bring more than 2,000 visitors to Steamboat for its 2007 Summit. The National Brotherhood of Skiers is an association of ski clubs that promote skiing among minorities. The summit will last a week.

“We’ve always had a wonderful time in Steamboat,” said Lawanda Joseph, the public relations director for the NBS. “We always get great hospitality and great service.”

Each year, the NBS hosts an event at a different ski resort. It will be the fifth time the NBS has come to Steamboat, but the first time since 1995.

Seventy-seven clubs from around the nation and the United Kingdom will represent the NBS.

The group will be in town from Saturday until March 3. Heidi Thomsen, public relations manager for the Steamboat Ski Area, said the group couldn’t be coming at a better time.

“This is a great week because it’s between two hugely busy periods,” Thomsen said, noting that the NBS comes right after Presidents’ Day and right before the spring vacations in March. “It ends up working out great for us.”

Joseph said the NBS’ primary purpose is to support the NBS Olympic Scholarship Fund, which is designed to provide financial support for athletes of color who excel in winter sports.

Joseph said the community and history of Steamboat fit the mold they wanted.

“That is probably another high mark for Steamboat that they have that level of sportsmanship,” she said. “They know how to develop athletes and we know being in that environment will enhance our athletic program.

“I know we’re glad to be back in Steamboat and I think Steamboat is glad to have us back.”

– To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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