MLK Powder Challenge and Park City Interconnect (scroll down)
MLK Powder Challenge
January 15-18, 2022
(1) Pristine guided backcountry and alpine powder skiing at Silverton and Red Mountain Pass, with multiple ski objectives available based on riding ability;
(2) Fundraising to support kids in SOS Outreach’s 9-year progressive program; and
(3) Thought-provoking, engaging speakers and a problem-solving think-tank;
The majesty of the San Juan Mountains is simply unmatched- this will undoubtedly be a unique and unforgettable experience. Space is limited – reserve your spot on this unforgettable trip now!
MINIMUM CONTRIBUTION: $2,750 per person, $5,000 per double occupancy includes – 3 nights lodging, private guided skiing on Silverton Mountain and Red Mountain Pass, apres-ski parties, banquet dinners, thought-provoking speakers, and much more . . .
NOTE: Reservations are managed through our Eventbrite page. Please note, the registration is listed as FREE. Upon completion of online registration, you will receive an invoice outside of the web portal for payment. Payment can be made by check or online. A portion of your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed under law. Please consult your tax advisor for details on deductibility.
Mirna Valerio (AKA THe Mirnavator):
What started as a blog, Fat Girl Running, has gained serious momentum as a movement inspiring people everywhere to be whoever they want and to do whatever makes them happy. A former teacher, Mirna is now the author of a best-selling book and a sought after speaker who has focused her life on spreading health awareness, promoting diversity and inspiring and uplifting others to LIVE LARGE and be in charge of their own happiness!
Additional speakers to be announced soon…
We will be based in Silverton, Colorado, a former mining town nestled at an elevation of 9,318’ in the San Juan Mountains. We will be hosted at the historic Grand Imperial Hotel. Originally constructed in 1883, ‘The Grand’ recently completed a nearly $4M renovation, modernizing their facilities while maintaining the hotel’s original authenticity and ambiance.
Saturday, January 15: Let the fun begin! Saturday afternoon Peak Mountain Guides will offer optional backcountry education for those without backcountry experience or wanting to brush up on your skills before Sunday’s ski tour. In the evening we will host a Welcome Reception for you to meet SOS staff, alumni, and supporters and get ready for an unforgettable weekend of adventures in the picturesque San Juan mountains!
If you would like to arrive early, we have curated a list of additional activities in the area for you to explore during the day. We can also make hotel arrangements for you on Friday, January 14. Please note this in your registration.
Sunday, January 16: The mountains are calling. The first full day of our trip is sure to inspire and create lifelong memories. The expert Peak Mountain Guides will show off their backyard with options for introductory to advanced level backcountry skiing. Peak will provide safe, expert guiding for a magnificent tour off “Million Dollar Highway” on Red Mountain Pass. All levels – beginner to expert – accommodated. After skiing with will enjoy fine dining and après at the St. Paul Ski Lodge & Hut. As Ski Magazine describes it: “A synthesis of American and European skiing, St. Paul Lodge is like a Swiss Haute Route hut plopped in the John Wayne scenery of southwest Colorado.” Backcountry ski or split board equipment is available for rent. Transportation provided from the hotel. For those that prefer not to backcountry ski, the lodge is also accessible by snowshoe with lots to explore in the surrounding area. Please mark your preference during registration.
We will gather together again in the evening to hear from inspiring speakers and SOS kids/alumni. We will share stories of the day’s excursion and celebrate our love and appreciation for the outdoors that our SOS youth also share. Silverton’s Mountain Guides will also join us for a snow safety briefing for our Monday adventure.
Monday, January 17: Skiing is the next best thing to having wings. On the morning of MLK Day, we will transport you by bus to Silverton Mountain’s base area for a day of private adventure skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing. The entire 2,000 acres of untracked, ungroomed powder will be exclusively ours. From the base, your group and private guide will ride the chairlift to 12,300 feet and either descend from there or hike the ridgeline to access even longer runs. Weather permitting there will also be opportunities for helicopter drops into the remote terrain. And if you don’t want to ski Silverton Mountain, we have arranged XC skiing or snowshoeing options exploring the town’s nordic trails.
After a full day of powder skiing and riding, Silverton Mountain’s staff will welcome us into Grady’s Bar at the Base for a unique après experience. You will be able to revel in the day’s adventure with other trip attendees and our guides over complimentary beer, wine, or soft drinks while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres. After the après session, the group will take the bus back to the Grand Imperial Hotel for a celebratory banquet featuring provocative speakers and SOS youth who have benefited from your generosity.
RECOMMENDED GEAR & ABILITY (FAQ)
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Please bring layers…. for everything from warm and sunny to cold and snowy mountain weather. Equipment made with waterproof material is encouraged.
Your backpack should have ski/snowboard carrying capabilities. We also rent Avalanche Airbag Packs, K2 skis, K2 poles, Smith goggles, Smith helmets, Black Diamond Beacons, Black Diamond Shovels, Black Diamond Probes, Dakine Backpacks, and Venture Snowboards.
We do not rent boots or snowboard bindings.
There is no running water at the ski area, but there is bottled water for sale.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN AVALANCHE EQUIPMENT OR CAN I RENT FROM YOU?
Yes! You need to have a beacon, shovel, and probe to ski or snowboard. We have these items for rent as a package including a Black Diamond Avalanche Beacon, which is very easy to use. Each item can be rented separately. We have Avalanche Airbag Backpacks & Dakine packs for rent (which the guides use) if you need a pack that carries your skis/snowboard.
WHAT KIND OF SKI RENTALS DO YOU HAVE?
The best skis on earth… K2 super fat skis are available for rent. All of the best K2 powder skis are stocked. You can reserve them online and pick out a specific model when you arrive at the mountain. The size and fittings will be taken care of by our rental professionals when you check in. Please arrive at 8:15 for guided skiing if you need to rent skis.
WHAT KIND OF SNOWBOARD RENTALS DO YOU HAVE?
Venture Snowboards: super tough boards crafted locally from sustainable materials. Please bring your own boots, bindings, and hardware if you are planning to rent a Venture Snowboard.
DO I NEED AVALANCHE TRAINING TO SKI/SNOWBOARD THERE?
No. The guides will conduct a small safety briefing in order to familiarize those without avalanche experience.
DO I NEED SKINS OR SNOWSHOES FOR THE UPHILL TRAVEL?
No skins or snowshoes are needed except for custom heli packages. All of Silverton Mountain’s terrain is accessible by boot pack.
Park City “Bucket List” Ski Weekend
Sponsored by Park City Mountain Resort/Epic Promise and Ski Utah, this trip offers an adventure-filled weekend to experience and traverse the Wasatch Mountain Range. Through Ski Utah’s Interconnect Adventure Tour, attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience 6 resorts in a day with private guides– Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude, Brighton, Alta, Snowbird & the backcountry terrain between these resorts. Reserve your spot today by emailing Rebecca Gould – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is $2,000 per person and is limited to 12 attendees and includes:
– Private Welcome dinner hosted at The Farm – Park City Mountain Resort on Friday, February 4th
– Ski Utah’s Interconnect Adventure Tour – private guides & catered experience – Saturday, February 5th
– Invitation to witness SOS programs in action on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort on Sunday, February 6th (optional)
Note: Due to the nature of the Interconnect Adventure Tour, snowboarding is not permitted. (Deer Valley Resort and Alta do not allow snowboarding).
We’ll begin our time together on Friday evening with a private welcome dinner sponsored by Park City Mountain Resort/Epic Promise at The Farm.
On Saturday, it’s time to hit the slopes and explore the backcountry and character of 6 ski resorts through the sponsored Ski Utah Interconnect Tour. We’ll depart with expert guides from Deer Valley in the morning and finish at Snowbird around 4 pm. These guides will search for the best snow possible and will create an unforgettable experience across Deer Valley, Park City, Brighton, Solitude, Alta Ski Area, and Snowbird ski resorts.
On Sunday, you’re invited to our on-snow program with Park City youth. Join us at Park City Resort and witness our mission in action!
FAQ’s on Interconnect:
The Ski Utah Interconnect Adventure Tour gives an advanced to expert skier the opportunity to experience the magnificent beauty and incredible backcountry terrain of the Wasatch Mountain Range. Guests will ski resort terrain & the backcountry terrain between and through as many as six resorts in one day, weather and conditions permitting. Interconnect Adventure Tour guides are trained in snow safety and backcountry etiquette.
All participants must be advanced to expert skiers in good physical condition. The day requires walking, hiking, traversing, and of course skiing, but all this is done in diverse snow conditions. In the backcountry, Mother Nature will decide the snow conditions; be confident your guides will search out the best conditions, as they want to ski quality too!