Steamboat briefs: More than 12,000 visitors expected in town March 18 |

Steamboat briefs: More than 12,000 visitors expected in town March 18

Approximately 12,500 visitors are expected to be in town March 18, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 79 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 73 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecasted at 89 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 67 percent full.

Lodging is expected to decrease to 10,700 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.

Steamboat Public Works to host open house on project

The Steamboat Springs Public Works Department invites the public to attend a community open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Avenue.

The meeting will provide residents an opportunity to receive project information, including impacts and construction phasing as it pertains to the Central Park Drive reconstruction. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions and speak with contractors and project managers.

For more information, contact, Sondra Spratta at 970-871-8226 or visit the project-specific website at

Nordic Center set to groom trails through March 27

The Howelsen Hill Nordic Center will continue to groom Nordic trails on a daily basis until March 27, snow conditions permitting. The rodeo arena loop will be closed for the remainder of the season for snow removal operations. Season passes or tickets are required and can be purchased at the vending machine in the Fireplace Room or at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club office upstairs in Howelsen Lodge.

For more information, call Parks and Community Services at 970-879-4300.

City schedules open houses on Bear River Park plan

The city of Steamboat Springs, in collaboration with the National Parks Service and Oxbow Design Collaborative, is working to update the Bear River Park Master Plan and will host a series of open houses to present information regarding the project and solicit public feedback.

The second open house is set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave. The hearing will be in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Commission work session. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, and anyone who is interested in learning more about the project is encouraged to attend.

The goal of this planning effort is to create a viable, financially feasible master plan for the site and to guide the next phase of improvements to the park. This plan is an update to the 2004 park master plan and will incorporate the most efficient, sustainable and desirable uses of the park space through community participation.

Oxbow Design Collaborative and the National Parks Service will present two conceptual plans for Bear River Park based on feedback received at the first community meeting and the public information website

13th annual Penguin Plunge slated for noon Saturday

The 13th annual Penguin Plunge, sponsored by Alpine Bank, is slated for noon Saturday, March 19 at Catamount Lakehouse Pool, 30215 Waters Edge Trail.

To plunge or not to plunge in the icy waters, is all for fun, and raises funds for Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Emergency Room.

Spectators are encourage to attend and encourage friends and family who are performing.

Chili and cornbread lunch will be available for $10, and children younger than 10 eat free. Go Alpine is providing free shuttle service to and from Catamount Lake House beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Alpine Bank’s parking lot. Plunging begins at noon.

For more information or to donate, visit

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