We invite you to the 28th 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.

Speakers & Topics

Dr. Doug Ming
Past Environmental Conditions on Mars Through the Eyes of Rovers and Landers
Doug Ming, Ph.D., is the chief scientist for the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division at NASA Johnson Space Center, where he leads tactical science operations for the Mars Curiosity Rover Mission. He has published more than 190 peer-reviewed papers on Mars geochemistry, mineralogy and past environmental conditions related to habitability. He earned his Ph.D. in soil science at Texas A&M University and his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at Colorado State University.

dr. Scott Denning
Simple. Serious. Solvable. The Three S’s of Climate Change
Scott Denning is Monfort Professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University, where he leads a large group of graduate students and scientists studying the global carbon cycle and climate change. Author of more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, he’s a former editor of the Journal of Climate. An energetic and engaging speaker, Denning takes special delight working with hostile audiences on the topic of global warming.

Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz
Climate Change in the American Mind
Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D., is director of the Climate Change Communication Program at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He is an expert on public opinion and engagement with the issues of climate change and the environment. His research investigates the psychological, cultural and political factors that influence environmental beliefs, attitudes, policy support and behavior.

Paul Schlatter
Developing a Weather-Ready Nation
Paul Schlatter is the science and operations officer in the Denver/Boulder National Weather Service Forecast Office, where he is responsible for ensuring new science and technology is incorporated into improved operational products and services. He formerly served as deputy chief of staff and acting chief of staff of the National Weather Service, working closely with the director to evolve the NWS and build a Weather-Ready Nation.

Dr. Matt Sitkowski
2016 Hurricane Season
Matthew Sitkowski, Ph.D., is the executive weather producer at The Weather Channel, where he also produces WX Geeks. He received his Ph.D. in atmospheric science from University of Wisconsin-Madison and has published several peer-reviewed articles with emphasis on hurricane intensity and structure changes. In August 2011, he flew aboard a hurricane hunter aircraft into the eye of Hurricane Irene. While earning a Bachelor of Science in meteorology at Florida State University and a Master of Science in meteorology at University of Hawaii-Manoa, he worked at the National Hurricane Center in Miami and the Honolulu Forecast Office/Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu.

Dr. Hendrik Tolman
Strategic Plan and Roadmap for Operational Modeling at National Weather Service
Dr. Hendrik L. Tolman holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Delft University of Technology. He is the author of the WAVEWATCH III wind wave model and the previous director of the Environmental Modeling Center of the National Weather Service. He is currently the senior advisor for Advance Modeling Systems at the NWS.

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.

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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 2017 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 Loryn Kasten (lkasten@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' families from outside Colorado.

The registration deadline has been extended to Dec. 1, 2016. Register early to book activities including dog sledding, ice climbing and ski jumping.

Register for the 2017 Weather Summit