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13,060 visitors expected in Steamboat on Saturday

About 13,060 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer.

The figure represents 82 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 94 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 89 percent capacity and condos are expected to be 78 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 9,307 on 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.

Steamboat to host 2015 FIS Telemark Worlds

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The 2015 Telemark World Championships begins at 7 p.m. Monday with opening ceremonies in Gondola Square. Three days of racing at Howelsen Hill begin Tuesday, concluding Thursday with the parallel sprint event. The final event will be held Feb. 27 on the Vagabond run at Mount Werner.

The championships will be attended by more than 70 athletes from 11 countries from as far away as Japan and Slovenia. The event will be filmed by a European video crew and will be seen live around the world.

There will be 13 athletes skiing for the U.S. including a local contingent of Lyta Foulk, Madi McKinistry, Tanner Visnick, Jeffery Gay, Jack Rosenthal, Charlie Dressen and Brendan Durum.

The event is in need of volunteers. Anyone interested in helping is encouraged to contact Kathy McKinstry at or go to For more information go to

'Debunk the winter funk' event at Stagecoach park

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is providing a cool way to shake off the cold-weather doldrums with a variety of "debunk the winter funk" outdoor family activities at Stagecoach State Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 28.

Orange Peel Bikes will demonstrate fat bike riding techniques, and Outdoor K9 and High Country Dogs will showcase the finer points of skijoring, a winter activity involving a skier towed by a horse or dog.

"We have a wide variety of winter activities scheduled and we invite you to come have fun with us at a great state park," Park Manager Craig Preston said in a news release. "Bring your friends and family along, or even your dog, as long as it's on a leash."

Extra set-ups will be available for skijoring but participants must provide their own cross country skis and a well behaved dog. High Country Dogs representative advise that anyone wishing to learn skijoring have at least a little cross country skiing experience to avoid unnecessary stress for the dog.

Preston adds that people can also enjoy ice fishing, a guided snowshoe hike and sledding at the event. The park will have a limited supply of equipment, but bring your own bike helmets, snowshoes, and sleds. Ice fishing gear and tackle will be provided by the Foundation for Colorado State Parks.

The Friends of Stagecoach State Park will provide food and beverages and donations are greatly appreciated.

The event is free; however, a $7 daily pass or $70 annual park pass is required to enter the park. Anyone 16 years or older who wants to ice fish will need a current fishing license.

Documentary about Arctic cowboys at library Monday

Bud Werner Memorial Library will presents a free screening of "Aatsinki: The Arctic Cowboys" at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Library Hall. The documentary film features one year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. Brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki are cowboys of the Arctic, leaders of a collective of traditional reindeer herders who manage the last group of wild reindeer in all of Finland.

Between their uncanny understanding of the landscape and their reindeer on the one hand, and their heavy reliance on snowmobiles and helicopters on the other, the herders have been categorized as beacons of sustainability and demons of environmentalism.

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