Balloon Pilots

Welcome, Pilots!

We are so excited to be planning for the 41th annual Steamboat Pilot & Today Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. Bringing color and beauty to our Colorado skies during this unprecedented time will bring joy and comfort to so many.

 

If you are interested in flying in this iconic Steamboat event, please contact Balloonmeister Doug Lenberg at 505-947-1242 or dlenberg.rgbs@gmail.com.


Covid-19 Protocols

At this time, local protocols do not require wearing a face mask that covers your nose and mouth. But these protocols may change at any time.
Stay home if you are sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
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.
Please do not enter the premises if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are waiting for test results, or have COVID-19 symptoms such as cough, fever, or shortness of breath or other symptoms as established by the CDC. Adhere to the CDC guidelines for quarantine and isolation.
Adhere to all federal, state and local regulations, recommendations and mandates regarding COVID-19.
Practice safe social distancing. Please keep a minimum 6-foot distance (2 meters) between yourself and others.
Please wear a recommended facial covering/mask while you are shopping or visiting.
Do not gather in groups.
Only healthy staff and volunteers will be working at the event.

 

Read more information regarding Covid-19 transmission mitigation


PILOT’S RECEPTION


Our annual VIP Dinner for pilots and  sponsors will be at 5 p.m. Friday, July 9 (location TBD). 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. We will be enforcing local health protocols that may be in place for that weekend.

Each pilot will receive a goodie bag, dinner and drinks as we go through expectations for the weekend, safety protocols and weather updates.

 

MORNING LAUNCHES

We will be doing our Saturday and Sunday morning launches in multiple waves. 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 Dinner.

Pets are not allowed at Bald Eagle Lake.

 

EVENING BALLOON GLOW

Our current plans call for the return of the Saturday Night Balloon Glow. We encourage our pilots to join us for this public event. Please indicate on your pilot application if you are interested in participating. Depending on health protocols, we hope to have food and merchant vendors along with entertainment.

Pilot Schedule

FRIDAY, July 9, 2021

6:00 A.M. Media Flight – Bald Eagle Lake
3:00 P.M. Hotel check in

Pilot’s Reception

No dogs allowed

Yampa River Botanic Gardens (parking at Emerald Park) : Parking is at the Emerald Park Parking lot. Walk down the bike path to the Gardens.

5:00 P.M. Begin Pilot Check in
5:30 P.M. Dinner Service
6:30 P.M. Safety Meeting

Saturday, July 10TH

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, JULY 11TH

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.

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


Logan Molen, Steamboat Pilot & Today publisher and event promoter
970-871-4224o | lmolen@steamboatpilot.com

 

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