Balloon Pilots

Welcome Pilots

We are so excited to have you join us for the 39th annual Steamboat Springs Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. Bringing color and beauty to our Colorado skies during this unprecedented year will bring joy and comfort to so many.


Pilot’s Reception

Our annual VIP Dinner for pilots, sponsors and crew will be Friday, August 28th at 5:00pm Olympian Hall, Howelsen Hill Complex. It’s a great occasion to greet old friends and meet new ones, get briefed on the weekend’s flights, weather and activities, and otherwise get settled into Steamboat Springs for the weekend. Upon Check in We will have a short health questionnaire and check temperatures to be compliant with helath safety protocols.

Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth.
Stay home if you are sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Handwash stations will be available at the launch site as well as soap in the restrooms.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Read more information from the on Covid-19 transmission mitigation

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Please RSVP for the Pilot’s Reception if you have not already.

CLICK HERE to rsvp


Morning Launches

We will be doing our launches in three waves this year so as to not cause large gathering sizes at the launch site. See the schedule below for wave arrival and launch times. Please be on time for your scheduled launch. Launch waves will be announced at the Pilot’s Reception.


Goodie Bags

Each pilot will receive a goodie bag with our signature hand blown hot air balloon ornament compliments of Solar Flare as well as an official 2020 t-shirt, champagne and non-alcoholic sparking grape juice. .


Official Merchandise

All pilots and crew will be offered a special price for Official Event Merchandise. ALL ITEMS MUST BE ORDERED BY MONDAY, AUGUST 17TH AT 5:00 PM if you wish to pick up your items at the Pilot’s Reception.

CLICK HERE to order

Pilot Schedule

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28TH 2020

3:00 P.M. Hotel check in

Pilot’s Reception

No dogs allowed

Location TBD

4:30 P.M. Set up dinner/check in area
5:00 P.M. Begin Pilot Check in
5:30 P.M. Dinner Service
6:00 P.M. Safety Meeting

Saturday, August 29TH

No dogs allowed

Bald Eagle Lake Directions : 34931-34867 S Highway 40. Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

5:30 A.M. Dawn Patrol Launch
6:00 A.M. Pilots arrive
6:15 A.M. Pilot Briefing
6:15 A.M. Radio programming begins
6:30 A.M. Launch wave #1
6:45 A.M. Launch wave #2
7:00 A.M. Launch wave #3
9:00 A.M. Radio programming ends
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Balloon refueling

Sunday, August 30TH

No dogs allowed

Bald Eagle Lake Directions : 34931-34867 S Highway 40. Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

5:30 A.M. Dawn Patrol Launch
6:00 A.M. Pilots arrive
6:15 A.M. Pilot Briefing
6:15 A.M. Radio programming begins
6:30 A.M. Launch wave #1
6:45 A.M. Launch wave #2
7:00 A.M. Launch wave #3
9:00 A.M. Radio programming ends
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Balloon refueling

If you have any questions about the event, feel free to give us a call or drop an email.
Looking forward to a great weekend.

Krista DeHerrera, CMNM Event Director
970-987-4214c | kdeherrera@cmnm.org


Logan Molen, Steamboat Pilot & Today Publisher
970-871-4224o | lmolen@steamboatpilot.com


Doug Lenberg, Balloon Meister
505-947-1242 | dlenberg.rgbs@gmail.com

 

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