Steamboat briefs: Approximately 8.6K visitors expected in town Saturday |

Steamboat briefs: Approximately 8.6K visitors expected in town Saturday

Approximately 8,600 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, Aug. 20, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 55 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 72 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 62 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 47 percent full.

Lodging is expected to decrease to 6,700 visitors by Wednesday, Aug. 24.

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.

Area trails closed for bike race Aug. 20, 21

The Enduro-X mountain bike race will take place through Sunday, Aug. 21, and the following trails will be closed for race use:

■ Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lower Bear, Hot Springs and Red Dirt in the Mad Creek Trail system area.

■ Sunday, Aug. 21, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Creekside, ZigZag, Pioneer, Elkhead, Moonlight, Sunshine, Cathy’s Cutoff and Pete’s Wicked at Steamboat Ski Area. All trails from Rainbow Saddle to Storm Peak will also be closed in the Mount Werner trail system. 

Alternate routes that remain open on Sunday, Aug. 21 at the mountain are Valley View and the Gondola Hiking Trail.

To volunteer for the event, contact

Registration for watercolor classes now open to all

Watercolor painting classes are being offered this fall at the Depot Arts Center. Weekly classes begin Aug. 30 and will continue until Dec. 6 with a break for Thanksgiving.

The beginners class is for those who have never painted and those who would like a refresher. It will offered from 1 to 4 p.m. The intermediate class is for those who have taken a beginners course, or have watercolor experience, and it will meet from 5:30 to

8:30 p.m.

The cost for each session is $250, and supplies are not included. Contact Mary Levingston at 970-879-5388 or for more information or to register.

Bern F. Giannini Young Reader Award announced

Hayden Public Library honored Emily Howe, Grace Kunshier, Will Ward, Kimberly Patterson and Tyler Downs as 2016 Bern F. Giannini Young Reader Award winners during a special presentation at the library. The award was created in 2006 in honor of Giannini, who lived in Hayden during the summers for most of her adult life and moved to Hayden permanently after she retired. She was a lifelong reader of enormous proportions, and she was famous for engaging young people in discussions on real issues and for supporting their interest in reading. The young readers, ages 7 to 13, were interviewed by Belle Zars, Diane Elkins, Bernadette Baird-Zars and others members of their group. Each of the winners was presented with a certificate, a gift card from Off the Beaten Path bookstore and a book from the library.

Oktoberfest volunteers sought, free entry provided

The eighth annual OktoberWest will be held Sept. 17 at Gondola Square Plaza, and volunteers are needed to help with the event. All volunteers receive free entry to OktoberWest, and volunteer needs are as follow: ticket sales, merchandise sales and ID checkers, noon to 3 p.m. and 2:30 to 5 p.m.; and set-up, teardown and traffic control, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Contact Lisa Sanchez Warner at 970-871-6786 or to sign up.

Civil Air Patrol cadets earn AEX award for rocketry

The Steamboat Springs Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program, involving youth age 12 to 18, received the Aerospace Education Excellence Award for completion of a rocketry program this summer. The local cadets participated in hands-on aviation activities provided through the AEX program, including a field trip to the Army Aviation Unit at Buckley Air Force Base and a final rocket launch July 12.

The cadet program meets weekly at the Steamboat Springs Airport for educational and leadership activities. The goal of the program is to develop young people into responsible citizens through five program elements, including leadership, character development, aerospace education, physical fitness and activities. 

The Steamboat Civil Air Patrol squadron will host a cadet open house from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and also will have a tent set up at the Wild West Air Fest on Sept. 3 and 4 for anyone interested in learning more about the cadet program.

Anyone interested in joining Civil Air Patrol should contact Justin Spratta at or 720-201-6770.

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