Steamboat lodging barometer predicts 80 percent capacity |

Steamboat lodging barometer predicts 80 percent capacity

About 11,400 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, Aug. 12, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 80 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 91 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 73 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 79 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 7,200 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.

Coffee with Council scheduled for Friday, Aug. 11

Coffee with Council will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11 in the Crawford Room of Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. The August session will discuss the city of Steamboat Springs’ role in mitigating the impact of tourism as well as the economic footprint of tourism on jobs, household income and sales tax. No RSVP is necessary, and community members are invited to drop by to discuss any issues of interest to them. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Street closures, increased traffic expected this weekend

Steamboat Springs is hosting six festivals and several competitive sports events this weekend, and residents are being reminded to anticipate street closures and watch for pedestrians and cyclists.

The 10th Street parking lot and the parking area behind City Hall will be closed for the Fine Art Strol from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Steamboat Movement Fest will be utilizing several spa facilities, the Old Town Hot Springs and Gondola Square in addition to several community gatherings at Fetcher Pond, West Lincoln and Little Toots Parks. While the parks will remain open to the public, there will be increased usage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Steamboat Stinger hits the trails on Howelsen Hill Ski Area and Emerald Mountain for the Mountain Bike Race on Saturday, Aug. 12 and the Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, Aug. 13. Race trails include Blackmere, MGM, Angry Grouse, Prayer Flag Road, Stairway to Heaven, No Mo’ Blues, Wild Rose, Ridge, Cow Creek Road, Beall, Ridge Connector, Quarry Mountain, Little Moab, Prayer Flag Road, Larry’s, Lupine, Rickey’s Ridge, Howelsen Meadows and Lower Lupine. While trails will be open to the public on race days, users are asked to be mindful of the racers until 2 p.m. each day.

The Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 12, which means Seventh Street between Lincoln Avenue and Yampa Street and Yampa Street from Sixth to Eighth streets will be closed during the event. Six Farmer Market Saturdays remain in the season, which runs through Sept. 16.

The Steamboat Triathlon is Aug. 13 at Lake Catamount. While the majority of the race takes place around the lake, the bike segment will come into town on River Road and turn around in the Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot before heading back out River Road.

Todd Hagenbuch receives national achievement award

Routt County extension agent Todd Hagenbuch recently received the 2017 Achievement Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during its annual meeting and professional improvement conference in Salt Lake, Utah.

This award is given to agents with 10 years or less of service in cooperative extension and have exhibited excellence in the field of extension education. This award is only presented to 2 percent of the county extension educators in Colorado each year.

Hagenbuch joined CSU Extension in spring 2012 as an agriculture agent in Routt County. The fourth generation of his family to ranch in Routt County, he regularly works on issues to educate and promote stewardship of ranches, small acreages, home landscapes and community. He enjoys working with landowners new to the area as well as ranching families that homesteaded the area alongside his great grandparents.

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