Steamboat lodging outperforms expectations during snowy weekend

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— The first day of spring in Steamboat Springs was a snowy one, and the late-March powder dump was just in time for better-than-expected lodging numbers.

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's weekly lodging barometer reports that about 11,200 people spent the night in Steamboat lodging Saturday, which represents 76 percent occupancy. That's 900 more visitors than the 10,300 that were forecast and about 30 percent better than the same weekend last year.

Steamboat Ski Area surpassed 300 inches of total snow for the season last week. The 2011-12 season saw only 228 inches of snow, and last March was one of the driest on record.

Looking ahead to Easter weekend, the lodging barometer predicts more visitors Saturday than last year but filling only 47 percent of available lodging, or 7,000 guests. Lodging continues to taper off into Wednesday after a couple of good weeks of spring break visitors.

The National Weather Service is predicting a slight chance of rain for Saturday, but Mike Weissbluth, of www.snowalarm.com, wrote in an email that the storm forecast to graze the area likely will bring snowfall by that evening.

Whether sunny or snowy, the Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series brings the MarchFourth Marching Band to the base area Saturday. Easter services are planned for 7:15 a.m. Sunday in Gondola Square. Find additional Easter service information here.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206 or email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com

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