The dearth of snow in Steamboat Springs and across Colorado’s mountain resort communities is taking a bite out of lodging numbers. And although it’s still very early in the ski season, when a longtime repeat customer cancels a reservation for the holidays, it can’t help but sting.
Greg Koehler, owner of the Rabbit Ears Motel in downtown Steamboat, said Thursday that he lost three reservations this week and that one of them was for a 10-day stay at his landmark lodging property at the east entrance to downtown, right across U.S. Highway 40 from Old Town Hot Springs.
“I had a few (cancellations) on Monday I was surprised at,” Koehler said. “They were actually around Christmas and New Year’s. My sense is that they decided to do something else.”