Steamboat briefs: More than 15,000 visitors expected in town Saturday |

Steamboat briefs: More than 15,000 visitors expected in town Saturday

About 15,538 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 98 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 96 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 96 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 99 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 10,408 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.

Oak Creek trash collection postponed until Saturday

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Tuesday trash collection in Oak Creek has been postponed to Saturday. The regular Tuesday schedule will resume on Tuesday. Trash barrels should be pulled back until then.

Former Chamber CEO lands post in Elk Rapids, Mich.

Former Steamboat Chamber and Resort Association CEO Tom Kern has been hired as executive director of the Elk Rapids (Michigan) Area Chamber of Commerce, according to an article in the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Kern left his position at the Steamboat Chamber in October after three years on the job to move back to Traverse City to be closer to his parents.

Before moving to Steamboat, Kern served as president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce in Lawrence, Kansas, was the COO for the chamber in Fairfax County, Virginia, was executive vice president and COO of the Greater Cincinnati Chamber and served as president of the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan.

Hayden Public Library to close for President’s Day

Hayden Public Library will be closed Saturday and Monday for the President’s Day holiday. The library will re-open Tuesday.

BookTrails plans program about mountain climbing

BookTrails will offer a program on Colorado 14ers and mountain climbing Tuesday during Blues Break. Students will learn to locate Colorado’s tallest peaks on a map, read about the first climbers of the 14ers, and learn to prepare for future climbs. The cost is $50 per student, and scholarships are available. Pre-registration is required at  Call 855-426-6587 for additional information.

Winter recreationists urged to heed usage boundaries

Routt National Forest officials would like to remind winter recreationists that they need to be aware of where they are on forest land because regulations for usage vary widely east of Steamboat Springs.

Many areas are open to all forms of winter recreation, motorized or non-motorized, but some areas, such as Buffalo Pass, Rabbit Ears Pass and wilderness areas have permanent restrictions in place.

Specific regulations include:

The operation of any motorized equipment, including snowmobiles, is illegal in all wilderness areas.

The west side of Buffalo Pass has a winter backcountry permit area, where a permit is required for all use. It also provides an area where only non-motorized use is allowed.

Rabbit Ears Pass has separate areas for non-motorized and motorized use.

There are also several areas near town designated as wildlife winter range where motorized travel is off-limits and non-motorized use is discouraged.

Recently, snowmobilers have been ticketed for riding in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness, and numerous citations have been issued for violations in the Buffalo Pass and Rabbit Ears areas.

All violations have ramifications; however, many forest users don’t realize that penalties include fines, and in some severe cases, possible jail time and equipment forfeiture.

“We deal with these issues every winter,” said Kent Foster, recreation staff for the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, in a news release. “It would be nice if everyone paid attention to the boundary signs and maps at winter trailheads. Most do, but there are still some who choose to do as they wish without regard for the winter travel regulations that are in place.

For information or maps about Routt National Forest winter recreation opportunities, contact the Forest Service offices in Steamboat Springs at 970-870-2299, Walden at 970-723-8204, or Yampa at 970-638-4516. Visitors can stop by any of the offices listed above to get more information or refer to posted signs at parking areas.

Maps also are available on the Routt Powder Riders website at

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