Steamboat briefs: 14,700 visitors expected in Steamboat on Saturday |

Steamboat briefs: 14,700 visitors expected in Steamboat on Saturday

About 14,700 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer.

The figure represents 92 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 100 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 90 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 92 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 13,600 visitors by Wednesday.

The chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings.

Skyview Lane closure has been delayed due to weather

The Skyview Lane closure, which was scheduled for this week, has been delayed due to weather conditions Wednesday. Drivers should be aware that Skyview Lane between Whistler and Chinook Roads will be reduced to one lane during a project at Skyview Apartments Monday through July 15. Work will take place along the northside of Skyview Lane requiring the eastbound lane to be closed. Westbound service will remain open and detours will be provided.

Public parking unavailable for Hot Air Balloon Rodeo

There is no public parking at the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo event, which takes place on the mornings of Saturday and Sunday near Bald Eagle Lake on U.S. Highway 40 south of Steamboat Springs. Free transportation to the site is provided from the Meadows parking lot on Pine Grove Road beginning at 6 a.m. both mornings. There is a suggested donation of $5 per car. Due to the event’s convenient location on the edge of town, spectators are also encouraged to walk, ride their bikes or take a lodging shuttle. For the evening Balloon Glow, parking is available at the Mountain Village.

Lions Club to sell food at Hot Air Balloon Rodeo

The Lions Club will be selling homemade burritos, doughnuts and coffee from Steamboat Springs Coffee & Tea Co. during this year’s Hot Air Balloon Rodeo at Bald Eagle Lake on U.S. Highway 40. Burritos will be sold from 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds support the Lions’ nonprofit mission of serving the local community.

July Fourth parade winners have been announced

Winners of the Steamboat Springs July Fourth parade have been announced. Awards were as follows: best group, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp; best commercial entry, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp; best parade theme entry, Holy Name Catholic; and best theme, Carl “Charlie” and Gail Holthausen.

Library to present screening of documentary Monday

Bud Werner Memorial Library will present a free screening of “Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming” at 7 p.m. Monday in Library Hall. The award-winning film by Samantha McKegg marks the series start for films featured at the 2015 International Wildlife Film Festival.

In this film, former National Basketball Association player and Olympian Yao Ming looks at the worldwide crisis of poaching and trafficking of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn, with 30,000 elephants being killed yearly for their tusks, and an astounding 95 percent of the world’s rhinos having been murdered for their horns during the past 40 years. Uncovering the brutal secrets of this multi-million dollar underground trade, the film spotlights Ming’s mission to educate and inspire his countrymen and the world in the effort to stop the killings and save these innocent creatures from the real possibility of extinction. Visit for more information.

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