Business briefs for July 3

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Ski Corp. hires new chef for Hazie's

Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials announced that Aaron Thompson, an 11-year Steamboat resident, has been named chef of Hazie's restaurant, at the top of the gondola.

"Aaron brings a wide range of culinary skills and extensive experience to Hazie's, from Swiss and French cuisine to Creole dishes," said Liz Wahl, Ski Corp. director of food and beverage services.

Thompson has worked as a chef for 17 years.

Thompson makes the move to Hazie's from Cafe Diva in Steamboat, where he served as sous chef for the past two years. Before Cafe Diva, Thompson worked as sous chef at the Catamount Ranch & Club, a private resort in Steamboat Springs; executive chef at the Swiss Haven; saute cook at Mattie Silks; and saute chef at The Cabin at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

Thompson earned an associate's degree in culinary arts from the School of Culinary Arts at the Art Institute of Colorado.

Lodging barometer: Holiday not as busy

Steamboat Springs

Steamboat resort operators were hoping for a little walk-in business this weekend to push tourism for the July 4 weekend to last year's levels.

The lodging barometer published by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association projected 10,600 people would spend Saturday night in area lodges. That compares to 11,000 on the corresponding Saturday last year.

The chamber's informal survey anticipated mountain hotels would be 64 percent full Saturday night, several points ahead of last year. Neighboring condos were expected to be 72 percent full. Downtown motels were expected to hit 92 percent occupancy.

The early forecast already shows July 9 will see 9,400 people in town for Rainbow Weekend -- that's 1,200 more than last year.

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