Steamboat briefs: Lodging barometer predicts more than 9K visitors |

Steamboat briefs: Lodging barometer predicts more than 9K visitors

About 9,800 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 66 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 87 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 73 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 60 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 8,400 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.

Local residents encouraged to celebrate Earth Hour

Every year since 2007, across the globe, millions of people, businesses and landmarks set aside one hour to host events, switch off lights, unplug electronics and make noise for climate change action. This year, Earth Hour is at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25.

Earth Hour is more than just an hour. Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is encouraging residents and businesses to use this hour to think about how to reduce their impact on the environment. Below are Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s suggested top 10 things to do beyond Earth Hour.

■ Turn off lights when not in use.

■ Identify and decrease ghost loads by plugging electronics into a power strip to easily turn off multiple items at once.

■ Run the dishwasher only when full.

■ Air dry dishes rather than using heat dry cycle in dishwasher.

■ Wash clothes in cold water.

■ Decrease dryer time and air dry clothing when possible.

■ Replace light bulbs with LED bulbs and sign up for an energy assessment (local rebates available

■ Unplug appliances when not in use.

■ Bike, walk or take public transportation.

■ Buy renewable energy.

YVSC urges people to try one or two of these suggestions, and as it becomes a habit, add a new one.

Hansen Brothers to appear at Steamboat Hockey Classic

The Steamboat Hockey Classic will once again bring NHL greats to town to raise money for the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, and the game pits NHL All-Stars against Team USA and Team Canada. Festivities also include a special appearance and skate by the Hanson Brothers of “Slap Shot” fame.

“This year’s event promises to be the best yet as we welcome hockey greats representing Team USA and Team Canada,” said co-organizer Kerry Shea, whose event has raised more than $100,000 for expanding local youth hockey efforts. “We’re honored to have some the NHL’s best players as well as hockey icons the Hanson Brothers on the 40th anniversary of hockey’s greatest movies of all time.”

The weekend schedule includes a NHL led youth on-ice camp and VIP Old Time Hockey Auction Party Friday, and NHL Alumni player meet-and-greet and Team USA/Team Canada Charity Hockey Game on Saturday, March 25.

All contributions support Steamboat Youth Hockey, which includes expanding the very successful Free Intro to Hockey program for boys and girls in the Steamboat Springs community. 

The 2017 Steamboat Hockey Classic roster will include José Charbonneau, Jiri Fischer, Dani Rylan, Joe Kocur, Lorne Knauft, Steve Carlson, Jeff  Carlson, David Hanson, Kevin Miller, Eddie Mio, Bernie Nicholls, Jason Woolley, Brian Noonan, Jack  O’Callahan and Wayne Presley.

“Having these NHL greats lead an on-ice youth camp is a very special part of this year event, something the kids will cherish for a lifetime,” said co-organizer Chris Campanelli in a news release. “It’s an amazing opportunity to have these legendary talents instill their experiences onto our local kids as they carry the torch into the future.”

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