Lodging in Steamboat projected to increase with sunshine, events

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Ideal weather is expected for a Steamboat Springs weekend that includes a Triple Crown Sports tournament, the first downtown farmers market of summer, and events such as the Cayuse Classic, ReTree Steamboat and the Northwest Family Ranch Rodeo.

The thermometer is expected to push into the mid-70s Saturday and Sunday, with overnight lows remaining in the mid-30s, according to the National Weather Service. Similar weather is expected to continue into the week.

The sunny skies represent good news for the organizers of a variety of events taking place across Routt County this weekend. The first Mainstreet Farmers Market of the season is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on Sixth Street. For details on all of the weekend happenings, visit SteamboatToday.com/events.

The weather also is good news for the 5,000 visitors expected to stay in Steamboat tonight. Tonight’s occupancy is forecast at 36 percent, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s weekly lodging barometer. That equates to about 5,000 pillows being slept on by visitors at hotels, condominiums and other lodging properties across town. However, walk-in traffic typically boosts actual visitor numbers. For example, the June 4 forecast was for 39 percent occupancy, or about 5,400 occupied pillows. Actual June 4 occupancy ended up at 47 percent, or about 6,400 pillows.

Steamboat Springs has a pillow base of 17,352, according to the Chamber.

This weekend’s forecast is up over the corresponding Saturday from 2010, when occupancy was forecast at 31 percent, and actual numbers were 37 percent.

The visitor forecast ramps up during the next week, with 41 percent occupancy expected for Wednesday night, and 53 percent occupancy predicted for June 18.

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