We invite you to the 29th annual Steamboat Weather Summit, the longest-running mountain meteorological symposium in the ski industry. This unique conference brings together weather specialists and meteorologists from around the country to spend a week in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to discuss the latest industry issues and trends while broadcasting live and creating stories for their viewing audiences back home.

Each year, a select group of meteorologists from the top television markets in the country are invited to join us in Steamboat to learn more about the meteorology field and trending issues that interest their broadcast audiences. Designed as a hands-on and interactive exchange of information, ideas and experiences for broadcast meteorologists, the Steamboat Weather Summit has gained a national reputation for excellence over the years. Conference sessions are held each day with additional time allowed for feature production, live shots and, of course, powder research. The Steamboat Weather Summit is eligible for AMS points.


Monday, January 22: Arrivals and evening welcome reception
Tuesday, January 23: Classroom and field sessions
Wednesday, January 24: Classroom sessions
Thursday, January 25: Classroom and field sessions
Friday, January 26: Classroom and field sessions
Saturday, January 27: Field sessions
Sunday, January 28: Farewell breakfast and departures

2018 Weather Summit Speakers & Topics

Environmental Policy Impacts of
the Trump Administration

Bob Perciasepe, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions President
Perciasepe served as deputy administrator of the EPA from 2009 to 2014. He previously worked as assistant administrator for the EPA’s water and clean air programs, senior vice president for public policy and COO at the National Audubon Society, and secretary of the environment for Maryland. He holds a master's in planning and public administration from Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

Exploring the National Security Risks
of Climate Change

Gerald Galloway, Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board Member
Dr. Galloway served 38 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as brigadier general. He currently serves as professor of engineering at the University of Maryland. He holds a master’s in engineering from Princeton, a master’s in public administration from Penn State, a master’s in military art and science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of North Carolina.

Forecasting for Flight:
Military Meteorology Panel

Joel Tumbiolo, retired U.S. Air Force Launch Weather Officer
Tumbiolo served as a civilian Air Force meteorologist launch weather officer at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where his team monitored and ensured weather was safe for launches from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral. He supported more than 400 manned and unmanned launches from 1991 to 2013. He currently works as an adjunct professor of meteorology at Florida Institute of Technology.
Simulating Devastating Tornadoes in Supercell Thunderstorms
Joe Benson, Retired U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command Colonel
Benson, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, served 22 years in the military, 20 of those with special operations units in team detachment, squadron, group and command. He tallied 18 deployments oversees — including Afghanistan (five times), Africa (four times), Iraq, the Balkans, Haiti, Oman, Jordan, Turkey and Qatar — where he provided aviation weather support for U.S. Army joint special ops command.

Pat Gates, High-Altitude Aviation Training Site Chief Instructor
Gates has served as a flight instructor for nearly 20 years at the Army National Guard’s High-Altitude Aviation Training Site near Vail. The school is specifically designed to train rotary-wing military pilots about the intricacies of high-altitude mountainous terrain up to 14,000 feet. He earned a Bachelor of Science in aviation management from metropolitan State College of Denver.

Leigh Orf, University of Wisconsin Scientist
Dr. Orf received his Ph.D. in atmospheric science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997. Since then, he has served as faculty at the University of North Carolina – Asheville and Central Michigan University. In 2015, Orf began working as a scientist at his alma mater (UW-Madison), where he conducts numerical simulations of tornado-producing supercell thunderstorms on one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

Live Remotes & Packages

During Steamboat Weather Summit, reach your viewers at home while in one of the most unique weather locations in the Rocky Mountains.
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Live Remotes

Steamboat provides all the necessities, including story ideas, cameramen and production assistance as well as on-site satellite capabilities to conduct live weathercasts and feed tapes and produced packages back to your station. Steamboat will arrange for satellite time — booked on a first-come, first-served basis — as well as access to videographers and our digital-editing system. Live Shots are available anytime of the day booked in 15-minute increments. Steamboat will arrange for satellite time on a first-come, first-serve basis. To book a slot, email Nicole Miller at nmiller@steamboat.com with the following information: date, 15-minute window, time zone, station, IFB phone number, control room phone number and control room contact/producer name.

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Feature Packages

Feature packages can focus on conference speakers and topics, Steamboat's weather anomalies, and winter recreation and activities in the Steamboat area.

Story Ideas

  • Ski Patrol and Mountain Safety
  • Winter activities: dog sledding, ice climbing, ski jumping
  • Any ideas you have, we can make happen


Sign up for the 2018 Weather Summit
We are very excited about this year's Weather Summit lineup and hope you will be part of this program. A limited number of invitations are sent each year, creating a more intimate experience. Participation in the Steamboat Weather Summit is based on live shots and package production. Conference fees are discounted based on the number of live shots/produced packages created during the summit. Partial and full scholarships are available for first-time participants.

Please feel free to contact Nicole Miller (nmiller@steamboat.com) for more information about scholarships and registration fees. Registration includes lodging at the Steamboat Grand, all conference sessions, activities, and some meals. Transportation is included for meteorologists from outside Colorado.

The registration deadline is October 31, 2017.

Register for the 2018 Weather Summit