Steamboat briefs: Lodging barometer predicts more than 12K visitors |

Steamboat briefs: Lodging barometer predicts more than 12K visitors

About 12,400 visitors are expected in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 83 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 94 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 91 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 80 percent full.

Lodging is expected to rise slightly to 12,900 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.

Daffodils fundraiser benefits Hospice; delivery available

Hospice Daffodils will be available Tuesday, March 14 at City Market, Ace at the Curve, The Clark Store, Bonfiglio Drug and Northwest Colorado Health. Today is the final day Hospice Daffodils can be ordered online.

Daffodils are $5 per bunch, $24 for five bunches or $46 for 10 bunches. All proceeds benefit Northwest Colorado Health’s Hospice and Palliative Care program, which cares for and supports patients nearing end of life in the Yampa Valley. For more information, call 970-871-7609.

Final Ski Free Day at Howelsen slated for Sunday

Howelsen Hill Ski Area will host its final Ski Free Day of the 2016-17 winter season Sunday, March 12. The day also marks the closing day for public skiing at the ski area for the season.

Whether residents and visitors plan to ski, snowboard, cross-country ski, ride a fat-tire bike or snowshoe, the entire Howelsen Hill Ski Area, including 13 miles of Nordic trails, is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will host a free learn-to-jump clinic from 1 to 3 p.m., and Winter Sports Club athletes will soar off the big jumps during a special training session, tentatively set for 10 a.m. to noon, weather permitting.

This is the last chance this season to enjoy Colorado’s historic ski area absolutely free. It’s as simple as stopping into the lodge to pick up free ticket, which is required to access the lifts and Nordic trails. Ski Free is a partnership between the city of Steamboat Springs, Big Country KBCR 96.9 FM and the family of radio stations and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Wildlife documentary about ostriches screens at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of “Ostrich — A Life on the Run,” a featured film from the 2016 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 in Library Hall.

This film ventures into the deserts of Namibia to follow this giant bird’s struggle to survive, overcoming the odds to raise a family and prolong its 70-million-year reign as king of the desert. The documentary follows the remarkable life of the ostrich over half a year.

Visit for more information.

Teens on Tour group set to travel to Denver on Thursday

Registration is now open for the Teens on Tour overnight trip to Denver March 16 and 17. The program, sponsored by the city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Community Services Department, is open to teens in sixth through eighth grades.

Teens on Tour is offered during schools days off and includes swimming at the Silverthorne Recreation Center, shopping at Cherry Creek Mall, a Denver Nuggets basketball game, playing at Jumpstreet, and a relaxing night in a hotel.

Registration is $125 and covers transportation, activity fees, hotel accommodations, dinner Thursday and breakfast and lunch Friday. Participants are responsible for bringing snacks and a sack lunch for Thursday.

Visit to register online, or stop by the Parks & Community Services offices to fill out a registration form. Call 970-871-7056 for more information.

Registration closes at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, and space is are limited.

Weekend Howelsen Hill trail closures announced

The Howelsen Hill Nordic Center will host the 2017 Nordic Combined Western Regionals on Saturday with more than 70 of the best Nordic Combined athletes from the Western United States slated to compete.

Several Howelsen Hill Nordic trails will be closed to users to ensure Nordic skier safety and protect trail conditions. Rodeo Loop, Haakan Spar and Bluffs Loop trails will be closed to all users from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Hobo Park and the Ballfields will remain open, however, there will be no access to higher elevation trails from the front side of Howelsen Hill.

Ski jumping will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Upcoming Indie Lens Pop-Up film Sundance festival winner

Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Indie Lens Pop-Up season continues with a free screening of “The Bad Kids,” the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award winner for Vérité Filmmaking. The film by Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe screens at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 13 in Library Hall.

Located in an isolated and impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California’s alternative schools for at-risk students. Every student there has fallen so far behind they have little hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school — Black Rock is their last chance.

But Principal Vonda Viland and the teachers at Black Rock are on a mission to realize the potential of students who have been deemed lost causes by the system. Powerful and inspiring, “The Bad Kids’ follows Viland and her staff through a year as they coach at-risk teens with compassion, respect and a seemingly endless supply of patience. The film focuses on three students as they work through the traumas and obstacles that threaten their spirit and futures.

Black Rock High School offers insight into how education can combat the crippling effects of poverty on the lives of at-risk youth. For Viland and her staff, coping with the traumas her students suffer in their home lives takes precedence over force-feeding them facts and figures.

The community is encouraged to stay for a discussion after the film. Visit for more information about this film and other Indie Lens Pop-Up events.

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