Breckenridge Summer Solstice - Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge Summer Solstice

The days are long and the mountain air is sweet: Come experience a different type of conference in the mountains of Breckenridge, Colo. June 19-23, 2019. The inaugural Breckenridge Summer Solstice Conference brings together broadcast meteorologists from around the country and we’re kicking off this summer—we’d love for you to be part of our cadre. Scroll below for the full 411.

The days are long and the mountain air is sweet: Come experience a different type of conference in the mountains of Breckenridge, Colo. June 19-23, 2019. The inaugural Breckenridge Summer Solstice Conference brings together broadcast meteorologists from around the country and we’re kicking off this summer—we’d love for you to be part of our cadre. Scroll below for the full 411.

We’re picky about our peeps and markets, so a limited number of invitations are sent each year. Please let us know if you are interested as soon as possible so that we can count you in. If you have any questions or need additional details, please contact Katie Coakley, Austyn Dineen or REGISTER HERE

Breckenridge Summer Solstice

June 19 – 23, 2019

This conference, which takes place in picturesque Breckenridge, Colorado, affords attendees the chance to not only learn about the latest topics, trends and technology in meteorology, but also experience the unique elements that make Breckenridge a true destination in Colorado.

Is it roasting at home? Beat the heat and cool off your audience in Breckenridge – June highs are in the 70s with little to no humidity. Well into June, snow is found on the peaks and mountainsides and locals can be found skiing the famed 4th of July Bowl through early July.

Average Summer Temperatures in Breckenridge, Colorado
Average Summer Temperatures in Breckenridge, Colorado. (Credit: Weather Channel)

With the ability to deliver live shots and compelling packages for audiences back home, Breckenridge Solstice is sure to be a conference for both work and play concurrently.

We know that your opportunities to get out of the studio are limited so we’ve developed an itinerary that allows you to gather with colleagues, learn about the newest stories and technology from the meteorology world (while accruing NMS and AMS points) and still experience the aspects of Breckenridge that set it apart from other mountain towns. From hands-on experiences to the opportunity to interview experts in the field for live shots and packages, the Breckenridge Summer Solstice Conference is one that shouldn’t be missed.

chart of July average temperatures
July Temps will have you tempted to head to Breckenridge. (Credit: Weather Channel)

2019 Solstice Schedule:

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Arrival and evening welcome reception

Thursday, June 20

Morning                      Breckenridge Epic Discovery (Breckenridge Ski Resort)

  • Ski Resorts as Summer Activity Destinations: Epic Discovery at Breckenridge provides the opportunity to immerse yourself in the mountains in the summer now, swapping out skis for ziplines and other adventure activities.

Afternoon                   Group education session (One Ski Hill Place)

  • Topics include:
    • Climate change and its impact on human health – Session 1: Dr. Jay Lemery, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Chief Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, University of Colorado
    • Atlantic Basin Seasonal Hurricane PredictionSession 2: Philip Klotzbach, Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University
    • Save the Beers: How climate change impacts the nation’s favorite beverage/libations – Session 2.5: Virginia and Dan Carreno

Friday, June 21

Morning                      Outdoor Experiences

  • (Optional) morning sunrise yoga
  • 9 holes Jack Nicklaus designed Town of Breckenridge Golf Course
    • Only municipality in the world own a 27-hole designed course
    • Why at 9600 ft. in Breckenridge you’re a better golfer
  • Gold Mine tour at the Country Boy Mine 
    • 160th Anniversary of the Colorado Gold Rush at Country Boy Mine

Afternoon                    Group education session (Residence Inn Breckenridge)

  • Topics include:
    • GOES-16 & GOES-17 – Session 3: Michael E Stringer, acting System Program Director for the GOES-R Series Program
    • Space Weather an trip Around the Sun: A Tale of Parker’s Solar Probe and Other Great Space Missions to Understand and Predict the Sun’s Fury
      – Session 4: Bill Murtagh, Program Coordinator for NOAA’s Space Weather Divison

Saturday, June 22

Morning                    Outdoor Experiences

  • (Optional) morning sunrise yoga
  • Fly fishing on the Blue River/High Alpine Lake
  • Whitewater Rafting on Breckenridge’s Blue River
    • Track Breckenridge’s historic winter snowfall to your faucet

Afternoon                   Group education session (Residence Inn Breckenridge)

  • Topics include:
    • A rapidly-updating high-resolution smoke prediction system for the United States – The HRRR-smoke model – Session 5: Eric James, University of Colorado Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at NOAA Boulder
    • How to communicate wildfire messaging to your audiences – Session 6: Sarah McCaffrey, Research Forrester, US Forest Service

Evening                       Farewell excursion/dinner

Sunday, June 23

Morning                     Farewells and “see you soons”

 

In the office…and out: live remotes and packages

Skip the AC and head to Breckenridge this summer.

We know that you’re here to work so during the Breckenridge Summer Solstice, you have the opportunity to connect with your viewers at home through live shots and packages. We have an extensive library of story ideas, b-roll and other options for packages.

Looking for live shots? We have you covered

Unbeatable views in every shot.

We’ll hook you up with everything you need: story ideas, production and camera crews, SAT trucks and time, etc. It’s like you never left the office (but better).

When you fill out your registration for the Breckenridge Summer Solstice, be sure to claim your live shot time and hook us up with your crew in the newsroom. We’ll schedule everything on a first-come, first-served basis and you’ll have access to our pros that will make everything as smooth as that cast for the perfect rainbow trout.

Let us share a story—we have packages, too

Ziplining at Breckenridge Ski Resort.

If you’re looking to step up your coverage, we have plenty of story packages ripe for picking, too.

  • Beating the Heat in Breckenridge: There’s still LOTS of snow on the mountain in June. Epic Discovery is Breckenridge’s newest summer experience and live shots will be available from the snow pile at the base of Peak 8.
  • Tracing the water and the science of snowmelt to your faucet: How the snow feeds the rivers for fishing and rafting. An expert from National Forest Service to talk about water flows, plus a local rafting outfitter and/or flyfishing guide
  • Be a better golfer in Breckenridge: Live shots (or look lives) from golf course, pro discussing how balls fly farther at high-elevation with low O2
  • How historic snowfall means you can enjoy winter activities longer: skiing 4th of July bowl, snowbiking, etc.
  • Weather preparedness for climbing Breckenridge’s highest peaks + altitude prep in general
  • Craft beverages and climate change: How changing weather affects your craft libations with Breckenridge Brewery, Broken Compass, and Breckenridge Distillery
  • Green into Gold: Breckenridge sees fall earlier than anyone else in the nation, meaning we get the gold leaves first. Expert to discuss the science of changing leaves.

We’re so excited to welcome you to Breckenridge for this inaugural summit. Summer and fall are our special seasons that need to be seen to be believed and we want you to be part of that experience.

If you have any questions or need additional details, please contact Katie Coakley or Austyn Dineen. The full speaker/experience schedule will be published soon.

Register for the 2019 Breckenridge Summer Solstice HERE

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