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Steamboat Movement Fest promises to bring yoga tourism to Steamboat

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What: Steamboat Springs City Council meeting, item six, special event funding

When: 5 p.m., Feb. 24

Where: Citizens’ Meeting Room, Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., Steamboat Springs

— When Steamboat Springs City Council members consider approving almost $100,000 in special event funding for summer and fall Tuesday night, they’ll notice a couple of new events in the spread sheet including the yoga-themed Steamboat Movement Fest, scheduled for July 24 to 26, and two days of Colorado High School Cycling League mountain bike races on Emerald Mountain Sept. 26 and 27.

Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association Public Relations Manager Nikki Inglis said Monday that yoga and wellness travel are a rapidly growing segment of destination tourism.

“I think it’s a great fit,” she said. “Yoga festivals in general are gaining, and this will be unique. It’s organic, and it’s local.”



If you go


What:
Steamboat Springs City Council meeting, item six, special event funding

When: 5 p.m., Feb. 24



Where: Citizens’ Meeting Room, Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., Steamboat Springs

The special event funding committee was formed by the Chamber Resort Association to sift through the 25 events seeking $232,985 this year and make recommendations to City Council for spending the city funds.

Voting members of the committee included Barbara Robinson and Kristal Eckley, both members of the Chamber’s marketing committee, President of the Chamber board of directors Randy Rudasics and City Council members Kenny Reisman and Walter Magill. Chamber staffers Sarah Leonard and Maren McCutchan also took part as non-voting members.

Out of a total of $100,000 available, the Movement Fest is recommended to receive $6,800 of the $14,000 it requested. And the Cycling League race is recommended for $5,000 of the $10,000 it sought.

Kristen Rockford, owner of Sundance Studio, and one of the Movement Fest organizers, said she is among four or five local yoga instructors who have traveled to large festivals in Boulder and Snowmass, where they saw the potential to present yoga workshops in the context of family-friendly mini-vacations. Among them was the very successful Wanderlust event in Snowmass, part of an international schedule of yoga events.

“We plan to welcome people to Steamboat Springs for a transformative experience of yoga (outdoors), live music and adventure,” Rockford said. “There’s a wealth of talent here; it’s pretty extraordinary. A big focus is to include the community.”

Rockford said the Movement Fest, in collaboration with the Steamboat Ski Resort, will erect a large tent in Gondola Square capable of holding 200 people for yoga instruction. It will also stage an “earthing field” for barefoot yoga on the lawn next to Burgess Creek where practicing yoga in the outdoors will be an emphasis. There will be both yoga and wellness vendor villages in Gondola Square and near One Steamboat Place, with live music on the performance stage both Friday and Saturday night.

The high school cycling event will bring athletes in two divisions from as far away as Durango and Casper, Wyoming, during fall color season, organizer Kate Rau said Monday. Last year’s cycling events averaged 594 participants, and she estimates 85 percent of the athletes arrived with family members.

The Steamboat team produced some of the top riders in the state within its division last year, Rau added. She said an added boost for tourism is that the majority of contestants in the fall schedule attempt to travel and ride the courses in advance of the actual competition weekend.

Other events recommended by the committee for some of the largest funding amounts include the Pro Rodeo Series, $5,000; Steamboat Running Series, $5,000; USA Pro Challenge, $10,000; free Summer Concert Series, $10,000; All Arts Festival, $10,000; Wine Festival, $10,000; and Oktoberwest, $9,000.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1


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