Storm Peak Laboratory

Reserving the Lab

The lab can be reserved by any U.S. or international scientific group or educational institution with needs for high elevation measurements, in-cloud research studies or related education or training.


  • Laboratory facility usage $302 per day
  • Daily fee (meals & lift ticket) $58 per person per day
  • Nightly fee (dinner & lodging at SPL) $73 per person per night
  • Research instrument set up $564 per instrument
  • Instructional support $99 per hour
  • Technical support $68 per hour
  • Snow cat transport $825 per day
  • Snowmobile usage $50 per day
  • Annual space usage – Level 1 $2,393 per year
  • Annual space usage – Level 2 $3,465 per year
Aerosol Concentration

  • Multiple TSI Condensation Particle Counters (including ultrafine)
Aerosol Optical Properties

  • TSI Nephelometer – 3λ
  • PSAP – 3λ
Aerosol size distributions

  • DMT Cloud Condensation Nuclei (CCN)
Multi-Filter Shadow-band Radiometer (UV & Visible)
DMT Cloud droplet size distributions probes

  • SPP-100 forward scattering spectrometer 2–47 μm
  • Cloud Imaging Probe 25–1550 μm
  • Precipitation Imaging Probe 100-6200 μm

    CO2 Measurement – Britt Stephens, NCAR
    O3, SO2, CO, NOx Measurements – Thermo Scientific
    Water Vapor Isotope – Picarro

    Cold Room- Cloud Sieves
    Meteorological Station – 7 on Mountain
    Temperature Sensor
    Relative Humidity Sensor
    De-iced Wind Vane
    De-iced Anemometer
    Cahn microbalance

    For shipment of equipment by FedEx or UPS to Storm Peak Laboratory please use the following address.

    Please do not request a signature, as this is a secure warehouse.

    Storm Peak Laboratory
    2540 Copper Ridge Unit #5
    Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

    Phone: (970) 819-2842


    Airport services via jet flights on a daily basis are available to Hayden, Colorado (HDN)(40 km from SPL) including non-stop jet service during winter from major cities such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Year-round commuter flights can also be taken from Denver (DIA)and Colorado Springs (COS), Colorado. Ground shuttle service is available year-round from the Denver International Airport to Steamboat Springs (3.5 hr drive) from Alpine Taxi .

    Diverse accommodations and services can be found within the town of Steamboat Springs(4 km from SPL) including free local bus service to the Steamboat Ski Mountain Resort.


    157 miles Northwest of Denver, an easy 3 hour drive. Take I 70 west through the Eisenhower Tunnel to Silverthorne, Exit 205 (67 miles). Take CO 9 North to Kremmling (37 miles), then West on US 40 to Steamboat Springs (53 miles). Alternate Routes if Rabbit Ears Pass is Closed and you’re coming from Denver or Colorado Springs. Proceed past Kremmling, and head west on US 40 until the intersection with CO 134 (6 miles). Turn left and go over Gore Pass (CO 134). At Toponas, take Colorado 131 north to Steamboat Springs (40 miles). Or, take I 70 west (through Vail) until Exit 157. Take CO 131 North to Steamboat Springs (75 miles), then left on US 40 to town (4 miles).

    Fort Collins
    Take CO 14 West, through Poudre Canyon, over Cameron Pass until Walden, CO. Take CO 14 (toward Steamboat Springs) until US 40, and turn right (West) over Muddy and Rabbit Ears Passes to Steamboat Springs.

    Grand Junction
    Take I 70 West through Glenwood Springs and Eagle to Exit 157(117 miles). Take CO 131 North (75 miles) to US 40. Turn left on US 40 to Steamboat Springs (4 miles).

    Laramie, Wyoming
    Take WY 230 West (Snowy Range exit) through Mountain Home to the Wyoming/Colorado border, the road changes to CO 127. Stay on CO 127 to Walden. Take CO 14 West to US 40 at Muddy Pass and Rabbit Ears Pass to Steamboat Springs.

    Salt Lake City
    Take US 40/UT 189 South to Heber City, UT. Stay on US 40, Steamboat Springs is about 5 1/2 hours from Park City.


    Winter: December – April
    During the winter (December – April) accessing Storm Peak Lab is easiest via skis and/or snowboard. Thanks to the generosity of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation, Storm Peak Lab receives discounted daily lift tickets for all researchers associated with Storm Peak Lab. The lift hours are from 9 am – 3 pm. We suggest arriving at the base no later than 1 pm for accessing the lab via ski lifts. For non-skiers to access Storm Peak Lab they will need to ride up on a snowmobile, and that is done before the ski resort opens at 8 am and after it closes at 4:30 p.m.

    Summer: June – October
    During the summer (June – October) Storm Peak Lab is accessible via four wheel drive vehicle. Storm Peak Lab has an agreement to use the dirt road that the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation maintains. A vehicle pass is required to travel on this road, and advanced notice is require to obtain the pass. A valid drivers license, vehicle registration,and proof of insurance is required to obtain the pass.

    May and November
    Accessing Storm Peak Lab in May and November is only possible via snowmobile with the Storm Peak Lab staff.

    Reservation Inquiries:
    Gannet Hallar
    Storm Peak Lab Site Director

    Fees & Payment Inquiries:
    Margie Stuart
    Atmospheric Sciences Business Manager


    Gannet Hallar, Ph.D.
    Lab Director 


    P.O. Box 882530
    Steamboat Springs, CO 80488


    Atmospheric Sciences