Colorado Outdoor Industry Leadership Summit

The annual Colorado Outdoor Industry Leadership Summit (COILS) is a two-day event of networking, idea sharing, and expert discussions to build and sustain the outdoor industry in Colorado. 

As we strive to grow and sustain a flourishing outdoor recreation-based economy in Colorado, we are gathering leaders and partners from across the industry to establish and execute our vision for the future. We invite CEOs, government officials, executive directors, entrepreneurs, students, and leaders that represent the full spectrum of the outdoor economy in Colorado to attend this event.

COILS 2023 will be held on October 5th and 6th at the Colorado Mountain College campus in Steamboat Springs, with smaller events spread out across the town.

Registration for COILS is sold out! Please email our event planner Angela Bacon to be added to the waitlist. 


Type: Summit

For: Outdoor industry professionals

Date: October 5 & 6, 2023

Venue: Colorado Mountain College, Steamboat Springs

OEDIT division: Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office

12:00 - 1:00 PM      OREC Advisory Group Picnic Lunch at the Carpenter Ranch                                  (invite only)

1:00 - 4:00 PM        OREC Advisory Group Fall Meeting at the Carpenter Ranch
                                (invite only)   

4:00 - 5:00 PM         Outdoor Activity: Bird-Watching (invite only)

5:00 - 7:00 PM         OREC Advisory Group and COILS Sponsor Reception
                                (invite only)

Shuttle transportation
7:00 - 8:00 a.m.  l  Marriott Residence Inn, Steamboat Grand and Rabbit Ears Motel → Colorado Mountain College

Breakfast and Registration
7:45 - 8:45 a.m.  l  CMC Academic Center Building

Director's Welcome: Conor Hall, OREC
8:45 - 9 a.m.  l  CMC Auditorium

Colorado Mountain College Welcome: Carrie Besnette Hauser, CMC
9:00 - 9:10 a.m.  l  CMC Auditorium

VIP Remarks: Senator Dylan Roberts
9:10 - 9:20 a.m.   l  CMC Auditorium

Sponsor Address: Jackie Miller, GOCO
9:20 - 9:30 a.m.  l  CMC Auditorium

Panel Session: Yampa Valley Outdoor Recreation Coalition
9:40 - 10:40 a.m.   l  CMC Auditorium

  • Robin Hall, Town Hall
  • Travis Campbell, Eagle Creek
  • Len Zanni, Big Agnes
  • Nate Bradley, Moots
  • Keith Hensley, RCEDP

Volunteer Project Partner Highlight: Ryan Messinger, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council
10:40 - 10:50 a.m.  l  CMC Auditorium

Volunteer Project Partner Highlight: Routt County Riders
10:50 - 11:00 a.m.   l  CMC Auditorium

Sponsor Address:  Shannon Fender, VF
11:00 - 11:10 a.m.  l  CMC Auditorium

Travel to Salt and Lime for lunch
11:10 - 12:00 p.m. l Shuttle transportation provided

Networking Lunch
11:30 - 12:45 p.m. l Salt and Lime Restaurant

Travel to volunteer project meeting point
12:45 - 1:00 p.m. l 5th St. and Yampa St.(YVSC Project) and Howelsen Hill Ski Area (RCR Project)

Volunteer Activity in partnership with the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council & Routt County Riders 
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Shuttle transportation
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  l  Marriott Residence Inn and Rabbit Ears Motel → The Range Food & Drink Hall

COILS Welcome Reception
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  l  The Range Food & Drink Hall

Sponsor Address: Yampa Valley Outdoor Recreation Coalition, Routt County Economic Development Partnership & Steamboat Resort
5:30 - 6:00 p.m.  l  The Range Food & Drink Hall

Outdoor Movie Screening: Protect the Dolores
Remarks by Ian Roche, Conservation Colorado
7:15 - 8:30 p.m.  l  (Outside) The Range Food & Drink Hall

Shuttle transportation
7:30 - 8:45 p.m.
The Range Food and Drink Hall  → Marriott Residence Inn & Rabbit Ears Motel 

7:45 - 9:00 a.m.  l  CMC

Sponsor Address: Sharon Houghton, Outside Inc.
9:00 - 9:10 a.m.  l  CMC

Sponsor Address: Dan Gibbs, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
9:10 - 9:20 a.m.  l  CMC

Move to classrooms for breakout sessions
9:20 - 9:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions Round 1
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  l  Various classrooms

Breakout 1: Resources available through the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)

  • Bryce Jones, OEDIT
  • Rama Haris, OEDIT
  • Hannah Kreiger, OEDIT
  • Andrew Grossmann, OEDIT

Breakout 2: Do Good AND Do Well

  • Peter Arlein, mountainFLOW

Breakout 3: Outdoor Industry Initiatives at the Federal Level

  • Conor Hall, OREC
  • Jonathan Asher, State of Colorado
  • Rebecca Gillis, The Conservation Alliance
  • Matthew Kirker, Office of Sen. Bennet

Breakout 4: Building a business in a rural mountain community

  • Kelly Mazanti, Buttnski
  • John Gibson, Secret Creek
  • Jay Lambert, Eagle Creek
  • Nate Bradley, Moots

Breakout 5: Growing the Outdoor Recreation Economy in Rural Colorado

  • Chandler Smith, The Ride Collective 
  • Sarah Shrader, Bonsai Design
  • Nathan Perry; Ph.D, CMU
  • Steve Jozefczyk, GJEP

Breakout 6: Building Community Capacity through the Recreation Economy for Rural Communities Program 

  • Matt Nunez, OREC
  • Natalie Ooi, CU-Boulder
  • Dani Robben, SLV GO!
  • Tori Manogue, CU-Boulder

Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.  l  CMC

Breakout Sessions Round 2
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.  l  Various classrooms

Breakout 1: IdeaFest - Building a Movement of Future Guardians of Public Lands

  • Kris Deutschman, Conservation Lands Foundation
  • Barbara Keleher, Bureau of Land Management National Monuments & National Conservation Areas Lead
  • Sara Brooker, Colorado Canyons Association 

Breakout 2: Mobilizing for Monuments

  • Rebecca Gillis, The Conservation Alliance
  • Angela Ireton, Keen
  • Misha Charles, Maluti
  • Sarah Shrader, Bonsai Design

Breakout 3: Colorado Outdoor Strategy

  • Julie Shapiro, Keystone Policy Center
  • Dan Zimerrer, GOCO
  • Jonathan Asher, State of Colorado
  • Chris Yuan-Farrell, GOCO 
  • Jody Kennedy, CPW
  • Matt Nunez, OREC

Breakout 4: The Outside Festival

  • Conor Hall, OREC
  • Jon Dorn, Outside
  • Kenji Haroutunian, The Big Gear Show 

Breakout 5: Outdoor Equity Grant Program

  • Andrea Kurth, CPW
  • Isidra Luna, The Cycle Effect
  • Juan Pérez Sáez, Environmental Learning for Kids | ELK
  • Susan Peterson, Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports (STARS)

Breakout 6: Colorado Outdoor Rx: Transforming Colorado’s healthcare system through the outdoor recreation industry, cross agency collaboration, and policy

  • Sam Masters: M.S. Environmental and Natural Resources Policy and Public Health Specialist

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  l  CMC

Breakout Sessions Round 3
1:00 - 2:00 PM  l  Various classrooms

Breakout 1: Higher Education and Industry Partnerships in Colorado's Outdoor Recreation Economy

  • JC Norling, Colorado Mountain College
  • Steve Skadron, Colorado Mountain College 
  • Dave Hunter, Steamboat Mountain Resort
  • Mike Martin, Colorado Mountain College  

Breakout 2: Youth Pathways: From our Backyards to the Backcountry

  • Ben Graves, The Nature Connection / Delta County School District
  • Ben Shay, Mountain Youth Network/ Clear Creek County
  • Chris Aaby, GOCO/ Generation Wild
  • Elizabeth Williams, SOS Outreach 

Breakout 3: Workforce Housing in Gateway Communities: Issues & Opportunities Affecting the Outdoor Recreation Workforce

  • Kristen Freaney, Path to Peak
  • Greer Van Dyke, Windrose Direction
  • Jason Peasley, Yampa Valley Housing Authority 

Breakout 4: Learn to do a Mountain Rescue (Outdoor Session) 

  • Jeff Sparhawk, COSAR
  • Jody McGee, Routt County SAR
  •  Bobby Carlton, Routt County SAR

Breakout 5: Growing Colorado's Outdoor Regional Partnerships

  • Anderson Cole, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Tori Manogue, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Gifford Hall, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Dale Henderson, University of Colorado Boulder

Breakout 6: Colorado Off Highway Motorcycle Opportunity Plan

  • Chad Hixon, Trails Preservation Alliance 
  • Bill Aslpach, Trails Preservation Alliance

Closing Remarks l Conor Hall 
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.  l  CMC

COILS Afterparty Co-Hosted with The Nature Conservancy
3:00 - 5:00 PM  l  Mountain Tap Brewery

We are so excited to offer two volunteer activities this year in partnership with the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Routt County Riders on the afternoon of Thursday, October 5th. Thank you for joining us in giving back to the Steamboat community for hosting us!

For those of you signed up to participate in one of the volunteer activities, please wear clothing appropriate for planting trees and working on trails when you arrive at the Colorado Mountain College campus on Thursday morning, October 5th. There will be no time in between the morning sessions, lunch and the volunteer activity to change your outfit. Please wear closed-toed shoes and bring work gloves, a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle.  Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Routt County Riders will provide all the tools required for the activities. 

While fall is a beautiful time to visit Steamboat Springs, accommodation options are limited. If you have not booked your accommodation yet, please use one of the links below to book your stay using our room block.

The Steamboat Grand 

To book a room at the Steamboat Grand, please use this booking link.

Booking Instructions: Use the link above to make your reservation at the discounted rate. Enter in your arrival and departure dates, the number of adults, click ‘Search Package’ and then ‘VIEW ROOMS’ to view all available accommodation options. If your desired lodging accommodation does not appear, this means there is no availability left for that option. 

Guests can also call the reservations department at 1-877-269-2628 and refer to the group name (Colorado Outdoor Industry Leadership Summit) to book over the phone. Reservation changes or edits must be done by calling reservations at the number above or by emailing grandbookit@steamboat.com. ADA accommodations are available and can be booked over the phone with a reservation agent. 

Minimum Night Stay Requirement: Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Discounts are per night and do not include 28.28% state/local tax and Resort Fee. Rates subject to fluctuate dependent on date of booking and availability. Two-bedroom condos and smaller require a 2-night minimum stay and three-bedroom condos and Penthouses require a 3-night minimum stay. 

Deposit and Payment: One night’s deposit is required at the time of reservation. Final payment is due 7 days prior to arrival. 

Cancellation: Guests may cancel up to 48 hours prior to arrival with a $25.00 cancellation fee. Cancellations within 48 hours are non-refundable. 


Rabbit Ears Motel 

To book a room at the Rabbit Ears Motel, call (970) 879-1150 and let them know you are attending COILS at CMC for a discounted rate. 

We are excited to partner with Conservation Colorado, a member of the Protect the Dolores Coalition to screen the The River of Sorrows film produced and directed by the award-winning Rig to Flip production company and filmmaker Cody Perry to inspire permanent protection of the Dolores River Canyon Country.

The movie screening will take place right after the welcome reception. While the reception will take place inside The Range Food and Drink Hall from 5 - 7 p.m, the movie screening will take place outdoors and run from 7:15 - 8:30 p.m. If you are planning to stay for the movie screening, please dress warmly and bring a camp chair and/or blankets to sit on.   

Thursday, October 5th

Shuttle transportation has been arranged for all attendees on Thursday, October 5th to the various summit venues throughout the day. Please note that there is no parking available at the Colorado Mountain College campus on Thursday. COILS shuttles will run loops along the following routes during the stated times:

Morning Sessions:  7:00 - 8:15 AM
Marriott Residence Inn, Steamboat Grand and Rabbit Ears Motel → Colorado Mountain College

Lunch: 11:10 - 12 PM
Colorado Mountain College → Salt & Lime Restaurant

Welcome Reception:   4:00 - 5:15 PM
Marriott Residence Inn & Rabbit Ears Motel → The Range Food and Drink Hall

Post Reception Hotel Return: 7:30 - 8:45 PM
The Range Food and Drink Hall  → Marriott Residence Inn & Rabbit Ears Motel 

Friday, October 6th

The Colorado Mountain College has very limited parking spots. For Friday, October 6th, we encourage you to catch the Free Bus operated by Steamboat Springs Transit (SST). The Free Bus makes stops in front of both the Marriott Residence Inn as well as Steamboat Grand and within walking distance of the Colorado Mountain College Academic Center Building where all Friday sessions are being held. 

Alternatives include walking, biking or catching the Yellow Zone bus - a free, on-demand ride service offered daily from 7am to 6:20pm in downtown Steamboat Springs and nearby neighborhoods. Request on-demand rides using the Yellow Zone app or by calling 970-329-9855.

COILS is a gathering place for the outdoor recreation industry in Colorado. If you are interested in getting your brand in front of conference attendees, please reach out us at orec@state.co.us.   

View the COILS 2023 sponsorship packet (pdf) for more information on sponsorship tiers and associated benefits.

A big thank you to our sponsors! COILS 2023 would not be possible without their support.

COILS 2023 sponsors



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