Weather Summit returns to Steamboat for 29th year
January 22, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Meteorologists from across the country are descending on Steamboat Springs this week to talk shop and beam stories back to their news stations.
This will be the 29th year Steamboat Ski Area has hosted the week-long Weather Summit, which is attended by meteorologists from major networks such as CNN and the Weather Channel.
"Building relationships with meteorologists is really important," ski area spokeswoman Nicole Miller said.
Some of those attending the Weather Summit have an audience of thousands of potential Steamboat visitors in markets that are serviced by direct flights into Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
A satellite truck is brought in for the week, which allows the meteorologists to do live broadcasts with the ski area in the background. They will also film segments to be aired at a later date.
On the schedule this week are opportunities to meet with the city workers tasked with keeping the streets clear of snow.
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Avalanche safety, Routt County Search and Rescue, the Bridgestone Winter Driving School and Strawberry Park Hot Springs typically get some air time as well.
The Olympics are also a hot topic this year with the Opening Ceremony coming up Feb. 9 in South Korea.
Steamboat has trained 88 Winter Olympians, and the meteorologists will have the opportunity to socialize and ski with several of them.
There will also be an impressive lineup of speakers at this year's Weather Summit.
They include Bob Perciasepe, former deputy administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. He will be discussing President Donald Trump's impact on EPA policy.
Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Gerald Galloway will talk about the threat of climate change on national security, and several meteorologists will share their experiences covering devastating storms.
Team Rubicon COO Art delaCruz will discuss how his organization, composed of military veterans, provides aid during natural disasters.