A sterling weather forecast and events like the Steamboat Wine Festival and Ride 4 Yellow highlight the coming weekend in Steamboat Springs, but local lodging properties and businesses should expect fewer overnight visitors than the corresponding weekend from last year.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s weekly lodging barometer — a survey of local lodging properties — predicts 9,100 visitors will spend Saturday night in Steamboat. That equates to about 3,000 fewer visitors from the same August weekend in 2010. As is often the case, the number of actual visitors this weekend should increase somewhat from the forecast, accounting for walk-up and last-minute vacationers.
An early look at next Wednesday’s occupancy rates appears to show an increase in overnight visitors from the corresponding Wednesday in 2010. The Aug. 10 report predicts 5,000 guests staying in Steamboat accommodations, up from last year’s forecast of 4,300 guests for Aug. 11, 2010.
The National Weather Service forecasts sunny skies and highs around 80 degrees today through Monday. There’s a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms today and tonight, but no precipitation is in the forecast for the weekend. Overnight lows will be in the mid- to upper 40s.