Steamboat briefs: More than 10,000 visitors expected this weekend |

Steamboat briefs: More than 10,000 visitors expected this weekend

About 10,700 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 68 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 85 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 78 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 61 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 9,000 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.

Quilters guild will host program this evening

The Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild will host a program titled “Victorian Crazy Quilts, Pride of Victorian Womanhood” at 6:30 p.m. today at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The presenters will be from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden. Approximately 30 quilts from the museum’s archives will be brought to Steamboat to be shown during the presentation. The public is invited to attend for a donation of $3.

Tickets now available for Steamboat Wine Festival

Tickets for the 12th annual Steamboat Wine Festival are now on sale. This year’s event takes place Aug. 5 to 9, and thousands of visitors are expected to ascend upon Steamboat Springs for this popular celebration of food, drink and the great outdoors. This year’s food and wine festival features more than 500 different wines from award-winning wineries, premium spirit purveyors and tastings from the best local restaurants and the nation’s most prestigious culinary enthusiasts.

“For 12 years, we have created an experience and destination set in the Rocky Mountains that puts wine and food enthusiasts face-to-face with world-class chefs, sommeliers, brewers and vintners,” Jason Ornstein, owner of Team Player Productions that organizes the festival, said in a news release. ‘We are honored to host the food and wine industry’s best and brightest in Colorado to participate in this unique experience.”

The Steamboat Wine Festival has once again partnered with the Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports, and to date, the event has raised more than $250,000 for STARS. The funds have provided scholarships for wheelchair-bound children and wounded war veterans, as well as Paralympic and Special Olympic skiers.

For event and ticket information, visit

Steamboat a semifinalist for best cabin region in US

Steamboat Springs has advanced to the semifinals of Cabin Life magazine’s bracket-style contest to determine the best cabin region in the U.S. Voters have narrowed the original field of 32 regions down to Steamboat Springs, Vilas County, Wisconsin, White Mountains, New Hampshire, and Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona.

The votes collected this week will determine the two towns that will move into next week’s final round. The winner will be crowned the Best Cabin Region in the U.S. To help Steamboat move on to the final, click here Second-round voting ends Friday.

Yampa Valley singers will perform April 10 and 11

Tickets are now available for the two performances of “I’ve Been Everywhere” concert presented by the Yampa Valley Singers. Concerts will be held at 7 p.m. April 10 and 4 p.m. April 11 at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs. Selections include many familiar pieces, including “America” and “Surfin’ USA,” as well as Brahm’s “A German Requiem” and “Adiemus.” The Yampa Valley Youth Chorus will perform a few selections, and Randy Kelly will be the guest artist. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from any of the singers or at All That.

Art museum set to host lecture, demonstration

At 10 a.m. Saturday, the Steamboat Art Museum will host a lecture and demonstration by featured artist Mark Thompson on his techniques of painting with egg tempera at 10 a.m. Saturday. Lecture cost is $20 to benefit the Steamboat Art Museum. Volunteers and students can attend for free.

Hunter education course scheduled for next week

A hunter education course will be held next week at Hayden High School. Sessions will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through March 27, and range days are scheduled for March 28 and 29.

Basic Hunter Education is required for hunters who were born after Jan. 1, 1949. Participants in this class must be at least 9 years old. Children 12 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult. The hunting manual is written for a third-grade reading level. Attendance at all class sessions is required.

To register for the free class, visit Call 970-871-2855 for more information.

Visiting Nurse Association to provide glucose screenings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will provide free blood glucose screenings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the VNA office in Steamboat Springs, at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. March 24 is Diabetes Alert Day, which highlights the importance of understanding your risk for type 2 diabetes. In addition to the blood glucose test, a VNA community health educator will discuss a participant’s diabetes risk and ways to prevent the disease and it’s complications. Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, call 970-871-7634.

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