2019 tracks and SCHEDULE

3 tracks Running concurrently

Sustainable Recreation: Both the draw and backbone of what brings people to mountain towns. How do we preserve, protect and leverage our natural resources in a responsible fashion?

Infrastructure and Community: Infrastructure innovation in housing, broadband, and physical working space is critical for supporting entrepreneurial ecosystems. Creating and leveraging an entrepreneurial culture is essential to starting and maintaining a vibrant community.

Innovation and Investment: Most mountain communities are dependent on snow fall and tourism to sustain their economic vitality. How do we create the third leg of that stool and galvanize our communities around supporting innovative businesses to relocate, stay and grow?


daily sessions, Free ski time, networking


Check in and pick up tickets at Mountainside Conference Center:

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2-4 p.m.

  • Wednesday, February 27, 7:30-9 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

All keynotes and breakout sessions are held in the Mountainside Conference Center at Mammoth Mountain’s Main Lodge.

Wednesday, February 27

8am - 12pm - Open Ski and Activity Time

12pm - 1pm - Open Lunch / Networking

1 - 1:50pm - Opening Remarks & Keynote
From Tourist Destination to Vibrant Community (Chris McNamara)

2pm - 6 pm - Breakout Sessions

2-2:50pm - Breakout Session #1

  • Understanding & Communicating Your Story (Infrastructure & Community)

    • Panel discussion with Lara Kaylor (Visit Mammoth), Jeff Simpson (Mono County Tourism), McKenzie Long (Cardinal Innovative), Alexi Pappas (Olympic runner & writer) and Jeremy Teicher (filmmaker)

  • Welcome to Sustainable Recreation (Sustainable Recreation)

    • John Wentworth (Mammoth Lakes Trails & Public Access)

  • Lessons from Building an Innovation Ecosystem in a Surf Town (Innovation & Investment)

    • Kyle Ashby (The SANDBOX Santa Barbara)

3-3:50pm - Breakout Session #2

  • Creative Solutions to Housing Issues - Platform for Utilizing Vacant Real Estate (Infrastructure & Community)

    • Colin Frolich (Landing/Browndog Consulting) and Stacy Caldwell (Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation)

  • Anticipating (Eagerly) My Recreation Experience (Sustainable Recreation)

    • Devin Middlebrook (South Lake Tahoe City Council)

  • How Diversity Manifests in Mountain Town Entrepreneurs (Innovation & Investment)

    • Panel discussion with Jen Gurecki (Coalition Snow) & Latasha Dunston

4:10-5pm - Breakout Session #3

  • Creative Solutions to Housing Issues Part 2 - Building Housing Through Partnerships (Infrastructure & Community)

    • Heidi Hill Drum (Tahoe Prosperity Center)

  • Putting a Value on Sustainable Recreation and Natural Resources (Sustainable Recreation)

    • Johnny Mojica (Earth Economics)

  • How (and Why) to Launch an Accelerator or Incubator Program (Innovation & Investment)

    • Ashley Nager (Telluride Venture Accelerator) & Jordan Rothenberg (Techstars)

5:10-6pm - Breakout Session #4

  • Broadband via Public/Private Partnership (Infrastructure & Community)

    • Mike Ort (Praxis Associates/Digital 395)

  • POW: Climate Change and the Impact on Recreational Economies (Sustainable Recreation)

    • Kimmy Fasani (Protect Our Winters)

  • Venture 101: From Angel Groups to Venture Funds (Innovation & Investment)

    • Cory Finney (Greater Colorado Venture Fund)

6pm - 9pm - Dinner - Yodler Bar & Restaurant

Thursday, February 28

8am - 12pm - Open Ski and Activity Time

12pm - 1pm - Open Lunch / Networking

1pm - 1:50pm - Keynote
Measuring a Mountain Town’s Quality of Life (Colleen Dalton)

2pm - 5pm - Breakout Sessions

2-2:50pm - Breakout Session #1

  • Integrating Science & Education in the Community (Infrastructure & Community)

    • Carol Blanchette (UC Research Biologist) & Tom Painter (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

  • Building Sustainable Trail Systems (Sustainable Recreation)

    • Joel Rathje (Town of Mammoth Lakes) & Greg Williams (Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship)

  • Venture 201 - Demystifying & Unpacking the Model of Venture Capital (Innovation & Investment)

    • Cory Finney (Greater Colorado Venture Fund) & Gordon Finnegan (Bootpack Ventures)

3-3:50pm - Breakout Session #2

  • Creative Solutions to Transportation Issues (Infrastructure & Community)

    • Evan Goldin

  • Sustainable Gateway Communities Through Non-Profit/Government Partnerships (Sustainable Recreation)

    • Allan Pietrasanta (Sierra Business Council & J. Rousek Toy Company)

  • The Power of Adventure in Growing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (Innovation & Investment)

    • Kyle Ashby (The SANDBOX Santa Barbara), Jen Gurecki (Coalition Snow) and Doug Lynch (Antioch University)

4:10-5pm - Breakout Session #3

  • How Strong Leadership Creates Great Communities (Infrastructure & Community)

    • Arianne Weiner (Implementing Change & Eastern Sierra Development & Training Institute)

  • Sustainable Recreation: Working with Public Land Managers (Sustainable Recreation)

    • Laurel Harkness (Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals)

  • Alternative Capital Strategies to Fit Mountain & Rural Communities (Innovation & Investment)

    • Marc Nager (Greater Colorado Venture Fund)

5pm - 7pm - Open Dinner

7pm - 9pm - The Future of a Mountain Town: A Community Dialogue - Canyon Lodge Grizzly Theatre (free & open to the public)

Friday, March 1

7am - 9am - Breakfast Buffet - Mountainside Conference Center

8am - 11:50am - Breakout Sessions

8:00am - 8:50am - Breakout Session #1

  • How We Got the Ski Resort to Invest in a Coworking Space (Infrastructure & Community)

    • Matt Jung (Sonne/entrepreneur)

  • Public/Public Partnerships - The Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership (Sustainable Recreation)

    • John Wentworth (Mammoth Lakes Trails & Public Access)

  • How to Facilitate the Two Most Valuable Workshops for Startups (Innovation & Investment)

    • Marc Nager (Greater Colorado Venture Fund)

9:00am - 9:50am - Breakout Session #2

  • Community Building Now That You Have a Coworking Space (Infrastructure & Community)

    • Branko Kral (B King Digital)

  • Sustainable Advocacy (Sustainable Recreation)

    • Wendy Schneider (Friends of the Inyo)

  • Consulting Mountain Entrepreneurs (Innovation & Investment)

    • Alex Muromcew & Gordon Finnegan (Bootpack Ventures)

10:00am - 10:50am - Breakout Session #3

  • Rural Intellectualism & Contemporary Art (Infrastructure & Community)

    • Kiersten Puusemp (The Forest Island Project)

  • Access & Equity in Outdoor Sustainable Recreation (Sustainable Recreation)

    • Panel discussion moderated by Taimur Ahmad (Access Fund) with Jolie Varela, Kenji Haroutunian, Jennifer Adams and Amanda Marchado

  • Evolution of an Entrepreneur in a Ski Town (Innovation & Investment)

    • Panel discussion with Jeff Russell (Ridge Merino), Gordon Seabury (Toad&Co) and Jen Gurecki (Coalition Snow)

11:00am - 11:50am - Breakout Session #4

  • Outdoor Sports Events & Pro Athletes Building Community (Infrastructure & Community)

    • Teal Stetson-Lee (Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship)

  • Creating a California Office of Sustainable Recreation (Sustainable Recreation)

    • Austin McInerny (National Interscholastic Cycling Association)

  • Mountain Community Trifecta: Innovations in Investment, Development & Policy (Innovation & Investment)

    • Natalie Spencer (APX1)

12pm - 12:50pm - Closing Remarks & Keynote
Success Stories & Call to Action (Scott McGuire & Marc Nager)

1pm - 4pm - Open Ski and Activity Time