Steamboat briefs: Local lodging barometer predicts 84 percent capacity |

Steamboat briefs: Local lodging barometer predicts 84 percent capacity

About 12,600 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Thursday.

The figure represents 84 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 100 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 83 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 86 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 10,200 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.

State representative to host local town hall meeting

State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush will host a town hall meeting from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today at Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs. Mitsch Bush will meet with constituents to discuss the legislative session. The meeting is open to the public.

Howelsen operations to be impacted by Pentathlon races

Hosted by the city of Steamboat Springs and the Parks and Community Services Department, the 26th annual Steamboat Pentathlon will take place Saturday, March 4 at Howelsen Hill.

The event, a five-stage, winter, multi-sport race that incorporates Alpine skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, mountain biking and running, will result in trail closures and a delay in operations at Howelsen.

The public will be able to access the Poma lift starting about 11 a.m. and the Barrows chairlift at 1 p.m. In addition, Long John trail will be closed until about 1 p.m., and it is highly recommended to refrain from using Hakan Spar, Bluffs Loop and Howelsen Meadows Nordic trails until after noon.

Spectators are invited to watch the pentathlon and can join racers for the post-race lunch with a special $5 lunch ticket, available while supplies last on race day. Visit or call 970-871-7031 for more information.

Suicide prevention group to hold gatekeeper training

REPS will hold an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Gatekeeper Training from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 31 and April 1 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

This workshop is designed to give participants knowledge and skills that will help them know how to intervene when they fear someone might be at risk for suicide and/or suffering from depression.

Participants will learn to link people with community resources, apply a model for intervention, reach out and offer support, recognize opportunities to help, and recognize the warning signs of depression and/or suicide.

The two-day workshop is free, but donations will be accepted. Snacks and lunch will be provided. To enroll, call Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide Executive Director Mindy Marriott at 970-846-8182.

Steamboat native achieves honors at Whitman College

Taylor Harrington, a Steamboat Springs graduate, has achieved academic distinction for fall 2016 at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. This recognition is given to all students who have earned a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

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