Room gets scarce |

Room gets scarce

Weekend bookings up, make lodging harder to find

Book your room now and plan ahead is the advice being given to anyone who might be considering a getaway to Steamboat Springs.

The number of visitors to this resort town continues to outpace last year’s numbers, and finding a place to stay is not as simple as showing up and expecting to find something.

“People need to get on it because the lodging is going to be tough,” Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association spokeswoman Riley Polumbus said Friday. “There are a lot of people here.”

Tourism projections for today are up 2 percent over last year and 3 percent for next weekend. The chamber’s lodging barometer predicts 12,663 people will spend tonight in area hotels and condominiums.

The prediction is based on an informal poll of occupancy rates at lodges and condominiums. It is not an exact science, and based on the large number of teams here for the Triple Crown Sports tournaments, Polumbus said the estimate might be on the low end.

There are 131 teams participating in this week’s Triple Crown Sports World Series Youth Baseball tournament.

An average of 40 players, coaches and parents on each team means 5,240 people are attending the games in Routt and Moffat counties.

“Certainly, there still is plenty going on with Triple Crown and the other events,” Polumbus said. “We’re packed.”

A number of large weddings and family reunions are taking place this weekend in addition to a variety of public events including:

  • The Old Town Farmers Market is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today on the Routt County Courthouse lawn.
  • The Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series is at 7:30 p.m. today at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.
  • Country Dancing Under Steamboat Stars is from 9:30 p.m. to midnight today at the rodeo grounds.
  • The Steamboat Classic Car Show is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday on Yampa Street.

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