Almost 12,000 people expected to stay in Steamboat this weekend

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About 11,888 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday for Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer. In 2013, 11,300 visitors spent the night in Steamboat that same weekend.

The figure represents 72 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 94 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 79 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 67 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 8,114 by Wednesday.

The Chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings.

Visitors will have plenty to do at Steamboat Ski Area this weekend as it hosts the Cowboy Downhill Cowboy Up Party and Balloon Glow at 5 p.m. Sunday and follows that up with the 40th annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill at noon Monday. Night skiing also starts at 5:30 p.m. throughout the weekend.

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