Steamboat briefs: Lodging barometer predicts more than 9,000 visitors |

Steamboat briefs: Lodging barometer predicts more than 9,000 visitors

About 9,200 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 64 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 83 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 64 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 60 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 8,500 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.

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council provides waste reduction education event

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is hosting a free Waste Reduction Round Up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Steamboat Springs Farmers Market. The public is invited to stop by for a  short, 10-15 minute educational presentations that will answer common questions on reducing waste.

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Presentations will highlight the following topics: deciphering food best by dates; a cooking demonstration using commonly wasted items; avoiding common recycling contaminants; what to do with hard-to-recycle materials; buying local; making art out of recycled materials; and how to make a plastic-free Zero Waste kit for on-the-go. For a full list of topics, times and speakers, visit

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