Steamboat lodging barometer predicts 89-percent capacity
December 28, 2017
About 12,000 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, Dec. 30, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer released Wednesday.
The figure represents 89-percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 100 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 92-percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 88-percent full.
Lodging is expected to dip to 8,900 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.
Hike-to Pony terrain opened Thursday at Steamboat Ski Area
New terrain at Steamboat Ski Area continues to open this week, with the addition of hike-in access to Pony Express area terrain Thursday.
Earlier this week, the ski area opened 51 trails and more than 1,200 acres in just two days, including Bar-UE, South Peak and Sunshine Express lifts with access to the popular Tomahawk trail.
Last Friday, the ski area opened expert terrain off Mount Werner, including the Chutes, Christmas Tree Bowl and North St. Pats.
Rabbit Ears Terrain Park also opened Thursday.
Next, ski area staff will work to open the Pony Express lift as well as remaining trails and Mavericks Terrain Park.
Colorado State Patrol to ramp up New Year's Eve enforcement
Colorado State Patrol officers will be working saturation patrols around New Year's Eve events in Northwest Colorado on Dec. 31.
Troopers will be looking to detect and deter driving behaviors that lead to serious injury and fatal crashes. These driving behaviors include such violations as speeding, weaving, improper passing, failing to wear a safety belt, and driving while the driver's ability is impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.
During 2017, 593 persons have lost their lives in Colorado as a result of motor vehicle crashes. In Troop 4B, which consists of Rio Blanco, Moffat, Routt, Grand and Jackson counties, there were 14 fatal crashes and 125 injury crashes in 2017. Of the crashes in Troop 4B, four fatal crashes and 11 injury crashes occurred in which the driver of the vehicle was believed to be impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.
Troopers would like to remind all drivers to celebrate responsibly this New Year's Eve by designating a sober driver before attending celebrations or utilize one of the many forms of public transportation available in the area.
Byers Canyon Shooting Range slated to close for winter months
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is advising recreational shooters that the Byers Canyon Shooting Range in Hot Sulphur Springs will close for winter, beginning Jan. 2, 2018. The annual, temporary closure protects wintering elk and deer herds now moving down from higher altitudes to find forage in lower elevation habitat, including shooting range property.
Wildlife officials remind the public to respect all seasonal closures and give wildlife plenty of space during winter, or they could face fines.