Rocky Mountain Balloon Weather Contest! We have a WINNER!

Erin Jeziorski has won a $50 gift certificate towards a balloon ride!

UPDATE: Sunday – July 24, 2022 – 8:00pm: Austin, the balloon pilot at Rocky Mountain Balloon has been up to 3,700 feet so far this summer! The winner is Erin Jeziorski with the highest guess of 3,730 feet!

Austin’s hot air balloon holds 280,000 cubic feet of hot air. The average balloon holds 90,000! So that’s why you’ll see Austin’s balloon so much higher in the mornings than the other balloons.

Thanks to everyone for playing. We’ll start a few more weather contests soon. It’s time to start thinking about winter and cold temperatures and snow! Yes, already…

Sunday – May 8 2022 – 7:30pm

For grins and to promote local businesses, Pagosa Weather is doing another weather contest.

Summer will soon be here! One of the best ways to view our incredible scenery is from the basket of a hot air balloon! If this has always been on your bucket list, you have the opportunity to win a $50 gift certificate towards a Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures ride!  You could take a ride when the fall colors are peaking!

The contest: Forecast the highest elevation above ground level that Austin will get his balloon up to this summer to the nearest 10s of feet. The person with the closest guess will win a $50 gift certificate!

Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures

Austin Marchand earned his ballooning license in 2017, but has been flying in Pagosa since he was a baby with his dad, Mike, who started Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures in 1986. Weather permitting, Austin flies 7 days a week year-round and has over 800 piloting hours. Austin flies a total of 7 balloons ranging in size from 2 to 12 passenger baskets. His largest balloon holds 280,000 cubic feet of air!

In the summer, they can fly up to 20 passengers per morning and they offer private and group rates.

Austin loves flying in Pagosa because of the unique and beautiful scenery, as well as meeting passengers who come to visit from all over the world.

Web Page:

Phone: 970-317-3290

The rules…

– Each person can make one guess in the comments of this post or on the Facebook post.

– The guess must include an altitude in 10s of feet. Example: 1,380 feet

– Multiple same guesses will go to the first person with that guess.

– No more guesses after Friday, May 13, 2022 at 11:59pm.

– We will coordinate with the winner how to collect the prize.

– The Pagosa Weather team is excluded – sorry Mark!


– Austin monitors and records his flight information each day.

Let’s have fun and support our local businesses!

Good Luck!- Arleen

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Austin inspecting his balloon before launch for Winter Fest

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I grew up in Montana where my love of the mountains is rooted. I was in the Air Force, forecasting aviation weather, for 24 years. I had eight assignments and my favorites were Colorado, Alaska, Korea, and Germany. I deployed a number of times including to Iraq and Afghanistan. After RV traveling for nine years, we found paradise in Pagosa. Here we enjoy playing outside in the spectacular San Juan mountains!
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