Steamboat’s visitor numbers expected to decrease this weekend |

Steamboat’s visitor numbers expected to decrease this weekend

Pilot & Today Staff

— Steamboat Springs' lodging capacity is projected to reach 69 percent with 9,500 visitors Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's weekly lodging barometer. That number of visitors would be a decrease from the corresponding weekend in 2010, when lodging reached 89 percent capacity with 12,300 people coming to Steamboat.

Last weekend saw 67 percent capacity and 9,200 people during Winter Carnival, compared with 70 percent capacity and 9,700 visitors for Winter Carnival weekend in 2010. The projected dip in capacity continues into next week, as well — the Chamber is forecasting 45 percent capacity and 6,500 guests for Feb. 16, compared with the 59 percent capacity and 8,200 guests for the corresponding mid-week date in 2010.

Last year, however, Presidents Day fell on Feb. 15. This year, Presidents Day is Feb. 21, which coincides with an uptick in the numbers. Lodging capacity is forecast to reach 81 percent with 11,200 visitors that weekend, compared with 65 percent capacity and 9,000 visitors on that weekend in 2010.

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