Steamboat Briefs: Chamber hosts networking lunch today at The Egg & I

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— The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is hosting a new networking event today, “Chamber Chompers,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Egg & I in the Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center. Participants will be asked to share two changes they made in their business that had positive impacts during the economic recession. The cost of $12 for Chamber members and $18 for nonmembers includes lunch. Space is limited. Call 970-875-7000 or email rsvp@steamboatchamber.com to reserve a spot.

End-of-season lodging is a bit sluggish, forecast shows

A lodging forecast released Wednesday indicates a somewhat slow end to the ski season in Steamboat Springs. About 6,000 visitors are expected in Steamboat this weekend, filling about 43 percent of local lodging capacity, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s weekly lodging barometer. Those numbers don’t account for last-minute travelers, but do represent a potential decrease from the 7,600 visitors in Steamboat, filling 55 percent of capacity, on the corresponding weekend in 2010.

It’s worth noting that last year, Easter fell on April 4. This year, Easter is April 24.

Local skiers and snowboarders could have Mount Werner relatively to themselves on Steamboat Ski Area’s closing weekend. About 2,500 visitors, or 18 percent of capacity, are expected the weekend of April 10. That’s 100 visitors less than the number forecast for the corresponding weekend last year.

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