We invite you to the 30th 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.

2019 Weather Summit Schedule

5pm Evening welcome reception

9am Coffee and breakfast
9:30am Dr. Russ Schumacher: Progress Toward Improved Understanding and Prediction of Extreme Rainfall
10:45am Dr. Dan Lindsey: Advances in Satellite Remote Sensing
1pm Package filming
5:30pm Sleigh ride dinner

9am Coffee and breakfast
9:30am Dr. Phil Klotzbach: Atlantic Hurricane Season
10:45am Col. Andrew Lohman: Weather and War: The Normandy Invasion
1pm Package filming
6pm Dinner

8:15am Package filming
11am Lunch
12:30pm James Balog: The Human Element
1:45pm Dr. Becky Bolinger: Evolution & Impacts of the 2018 Four Corners Drought
6pm Dinner
9am Breakfast
12:30pm Dr. Tanya Harrison: Cloudy With a Chance of Dust Storms: Weather on Mars
2pm Strawberry Park Hot Springs
6pm Dinner

10:30am Snowmobile tour
4pm “The Human Element” film screening & Q&A
6:45pm Dinner

8am Farewell breakfast

Cloudy With a Chance of Dust Storms: Weather on Mars
Dr. Tanya Harrison, Arizona State University NewSpace Initiative Director of Researc
Dr. Tanya Harrison has spent the past decade working as a scientist and in mission operations on multiple NASA Mars missions, including the Curiosity and Opportunity rovers. Her specialty is geomorphology: the study of a planet’s evolution based on its surface features. She holds a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Western Ontario, a master’s in Earth and environmental sciences from Wesleyan University.

The Human Element
James Balog, Earth Vision Institute, Extreme Ice Survey Founder and Director
James Balog's team is featured in the 2012 Emmy-winning documentary "Chasing Ice" and in the PBS/NOVA special "Extreme Ice." He is the author of "ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers," and his photos have been published in National Geographic and exhibited at museums and galleries worldwide. His new film, "The Human Element," looks at how humanity interacts with the Earth.

Atlantic hurricane season
Dr. Phil Klotzbach, Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science Research Scientist
Dr. Phil Klotzbach has been employed in the Department of Atmospheric Science at CSU, where he received his Ph.D., for the past 17 years. He developed the two-week forecasts currently being issued during the peak months of the hurricane season. He has published more than two dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Climate and Weather and Forecasting.

Weather and War: The Normandy invasion
Col. Andrew D. Lohman, West Point Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering Academy Professor
Col. Andrew Lohman is a Special Forces officer with operational experience as an Operational Detachment Alpha and Special Forces company commander in the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean. He is a political geographer with research interests in the geography of war and conflict, with a specific focus on insurgency and civil war.

Dr. Dan Lindsey, Atmospheric Scientist
Dr. Dan Lindsey is an atmospheric scientist from Ft. Collins, Colorado. He received his Ph.D. from Colorado State University and has been working with satellites for more than 15 years. He studies observations of mesoscale phenomena from geostationary orbit, including thunderstorms, tropical cyclones and wildfires.

Dr. Russ Schumacher, Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science Associate Professor
Dr. Russ Schumacher is associate professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, where he also serves as the Colorado State climatologist and director of the Colorado Climate Center. Schumacher received his Bachelor of Science with majors in meteorology and humanities from Valparaiso University in Indiana in 2001. He received his master's in 2003 and Ph.D. in 2008 from the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. His research covers many aspects of mesoscale meteorology and weather systems, with a particular focus on storms that produce extreme rainfall and flash flooding.

Dr. Becky Bolinger, Colorado Climate Center Assistant State Climatologist
Dr. Becky Bolinger received her Bachelor of Science in meteorology from Metro State University of Denver, her master’s in meteorology from Florida State University, and her Ph.D. in atmospheric science from Colorado State University. She is now the assistant state climatologist at the Colorado Climate Center within CSU’s department of Atmospheric Science. Her research interests are focused on Colorado’s climate variability, climate extremes and drought. She spends her spare time with her husband and daughter, hiking, cycling, running and enjoying Colorado’s beautiful outdoors.

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 Loryn Kasten at lkasten@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


October 31, 2018 is the registration deadline

We are 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.

Feel free to contact Nicole Miller or Loryn Kasten for more information about scholarships and registration fees. Registration includes lodging, all conference sessions, activities and most meals. Air transportation is included for meteorologists outside Colorado.

Please submit your registration by Oct. 31, 2018, to secure your spot at this winter's summit. You are welcome to bring a guest for a fee of $125 per day, which includes everything but air transportation. Children younger than 12 are $50 per day.
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