Steamboat briefs: 11,600 visitors expected to be in town Saturday |

Steamboat briefs: 11,600 visitors expected to be in town Saturday

About 11,600 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer.

The figure represents 78 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 99 percent. On the mountain, hotels and condos are expected to be 75 percent full.

During the same weekend last year, 9,500 visitors were expected to arrive, but 10,800 actually spent the night in Steamboat on the corresponding Saturday, according to the report.

Lodging is expected to dip to 7,100 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.

Great Wine Drawing tickets are on sale through Friday

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Tickets for the Great Wine Drawing are on sale through 5 p.m. Friday. Ticket holders each get a bottle of wine (ranging in price from $35 to $120) as part of the fundraiser and are entered into a drawing for three trips, with destinations including Disneyworld, New York City and Air Combat USA. Tickets are $100 each and are available by contacting 970-819-1606, or Proceeds benefit Partners in Routt County, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, Routt County Riders and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

Yampa River Botanic Park to host flora talk Saturday

The Yampa River Botanic Park will be hosting speakers Marcela Ferreyra and Marcela Sanchez at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Ferreyra and Sanchez will give the free talk about flora in Patagonia, which has a similar climate to Northwest Colorado. 

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