Summer crowds spill over into Wednesday
Steamboat Springs — There are signs Steamboat’s summer visitors are lengthening their stays.
Tourism projections for today are up 8.4 percent and 13.7 percent for Saturday, July 15. However, it is the mid-week numbers that have the attention of Riley Polumbus of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Re—-sort Association.
The Chamber’s Lodging Ba—-r——ometer predicts 6,800 visitors will spend the night in area lodges and condominiums Wednesday. That’s just half of the 13,200 people expected in town by Saturday. But the growth on Wednesday — 47 percent over last year — is noteworthy.
“I’m wondering if people are taking longer vacations,” Polumbus said.
On the corresponding Wed–nesday in 2005 there were 2,100 fewer visitors in town mid-week — 4,700.
The Chamber expects 11,600 visitors to check into local lodgings today. That’s 900 more than came for the Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park last summer. Mountain hotels will be 82 percent full and U.S. Highway 40 motels will be 88 percent booked. There is still availability at resort condominium properties, which are about 70 percent full.
The occupancy rate swells next week as the Mountain Youth Soccer Tournament brings teams from all over the West to Steamboat. Mountain hotels will be 92 percent full and the resort’s bed base of 18,782 pillows will be 88 percent full.
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. spokeswoman Heidi Thomsen confirmed Steamboat Grand management expects the property to be near capacity.
Thomsen said the Steamboat Grand continues to host a growing number of large wedding parties.
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