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Steamboat resort struggles after failure to secure employee work visas

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Long winter hours are a given in Steamboat Springs’ hospitality industry as hundreds of thousands of vacationers cycle through the town of 12,700 permanent residents in the course of a ski season.

But this year it’s been even worse for the owners at Moving Mountains in Steamboat after they were unable to secure the limited number of employee work visas that the company has relied on for almost 20 years to bolster its staff. In recent years, owners Robin and Heather Craigen have recruited workers from South Africa.

Without the additional help, the Craigens are putting in extra long days running the company, which specializes in renting luxury homes to a clientele willing to spend as much as four figures a night.

“We’re working 18-hour shifts in order to cover basic services for our guests,” Robin Craigen said.

For the first time in a long while, he’s taking shifts driving one of the sleek purple shuttle vans used to ferry his high-end clientele to the ski slopes or a downtown Steamboat restaurant.

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