Summit Mountain Series

President's Day Weekend

February 16-19

program focus: families & friends


This Weekend

Ethan Lipsitz

CEO, Apliiq

Ethan creates projects, events, companies, and experiences that sit at the crossroads of community and creativity. As CEO of Apliiq, he is a pioneer in reinventing custom apparel with cut and sewn fabric appliqué, and lately has drawn attention with his original song series "Monday Musics".

Juan Enriquez

Co-founder, Synthetic Genomics
Managing Director, Excel Venture Management
Best-selling Author

An active investor in early stage private companies in the life sciences and big data sectors, Juan is one of the world’s leading authorities on the uses and benefits of genomic code. He is the co-author of Evolving Ourselves: Redesigning the Future of Humanity – One Gene at a Time which describes a world where humans increasingly shape their environment, themselves, and other species. He is also the author of the global bestseller As The Future Catches You and of The Untied States of America, and co-author of Homo Evolutis. Juan writes, speaks, and teaches about the profound changes that genomics and other life sciences will cause in business, technology, politics and society. He is one of the TED all-stars. He and Bill Gates were the first outside guest curators for TED. He was the founding director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project and is on the Harvard Medical School Advisory Council. He has published papers and articles in a wide variety of forums including The Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, Science, Nature, and the New York Times.

Ben Gleib

Comedian and Actor

Ben Gleib was named by TBS one of the "funniest comedians working today." He is host, head writer and executive producer of "Idiotest," the Emmy nominated brain teaser game show on GSN, in its 4th season with 210 episodes. His Showtime special "Neurotic Gangster" is airing now. He's a regular on The "Today Show" on NBC, host of social impact news show ASPIREist on HLN, and was one of the stars of "Chelsea Lately" on E! for seven seasons. He has been an on-air contributor to CNN, NPR, co-anchored ABC News digital, and his news and politics podcast "Last Week On Earth" debuted on iTunes Comedy at #9.

Zoe Pawlak

Industrial Designer

Zoë’s artwork and designs have been featured widely in both print and digital publications internationally such as Architectural Digest, Martha Stewart Living, Interior Design Magazine, Design Milk, and Domino Mag, among others. In 2016, Zoë was shortlisted for Western Living Magazine’s Designer of the Year Award “Best Industrial Designer” for her Over Oceans rug collection and “Best Furniture Designer” for her hand painted Credenza in collaboration with Jeff Martin. In 2013, Zoë Pawlak was selected to present at PechaKucha in Vancouver, B.C. and in 2012, Zoë Pawlak acted as artist in residence at Vancouver’s Four Seasons Hotel. In addition to this, Zoë has worked closely with lululemon athletica over the last decade in many high profile roles from featured artist, to presenting large scale artist talks on topics such as wellness and female entrepreneurship.

Jesse Barber


Straight out of culinary school, Jesse Barber completed an externship at the French Laundry and Bouchon Bistro in Napa, California, where he refined his French techniques and experienced the intensity and discipline required to run a restaurant. Jesse was the chef de cuisine at Marché in Eugene, Oregon and worked with the acclaimed Bruce Carey Restaurant Group in Portland. He moved to Los Angeles and became the chef de cuisine at the Tasting Kitchen, named one of *GQ*’s Best New Restaurants in 2010. He curated the culinary program for Summit Eden, hosted a series of pop-up dinners around Los Angeles, and was the chef of Barnyard. With Jesse’s classical French training, experience in Italian kitchens, and love of Japanese cuisine, he has found a unique, clear voice. He opened Dudley Market in 2015 to give the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles an elevated version of the neighborhood bistro. It received rave reviews from critics and customers for its approach to everyday luxury and its contemporary approach to fine dining.

Janine Beynus

Co-founder, Biomimicry Institute

Janine Benyus is known worldwide for her influence in naming the practice of biomimicry in her seminal book, “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature,” and for spreading of its power as an innovation tool that can solve some of humanity’s most pressing challenges. Undoubtedly the most recognized thought leader in the field, Janine’s legacy includes inspiring millions through her work as an innovator, speaker, and as a biologist at the design table. Janine is the co-founder of both Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute.

General George Casey

4-Star General, United States Army

George Casey is a retired United States Army General who last served as the 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, which put him in charge of over 1 million people and an over $200 billion budget. Casey previously served as the Commanding General of the Multi-National Force in Iraq from 2004 to 2007 and had been in the Army for his entire adult working life.

Amber Smith

Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Outreach in Public Affairs

Amber is the senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense for matters related to strategic outreach; community relations; corporate, business, and stakeholder engagement; outreach policy; entertainment, film, scripted and non-scripted documentaries and series; national sports league partnerships; special outreach events; digital and social media.

Ken Harbaugh

Former President of Team Rubicon Global

Ken Harbaugh is a former Navy pilot and an Ohioan who has made public service his life’s work. Following his naval service in the Middle East and off of North Korea, Ken earned a J.D. from Yale Law School and co-founded The Mission Continues – a nonprofit that empowers military men and women to keep serving in their communities. Ken is former President of Team Rubicon Global, a disaster relief organization that has helped train over 45,000 veterans to deploy in emergency response teams around the world. Ken is not a politician. He’s a public servant who believes in country over party, service above self, and opportunity for all.

Kathy Roth-Douqet

Co-Director of Summit Institute
CEO of Blue Star Families

Kathy Roth-Douquet is an advocate for the role of the military in civil society; she is an author, nonprofit leader, attorney, and former government official. Currently she is CEO of Blue Star Families, the largest Chapter-based nonprofit organization serving active duty of all branches, Guard and Reserve, wounded, and transitioning veterans and their families. Blue Star Families mission is to strengthen military families and our nation by connecting communities and fostering leadership to millions of people.

Rafael Casal

Writer, Poet

Bay Area musician, writer, producer, and poet Rafael Casal was a champion of the National Poetry Slam as a teen. He has since shared the stage with greats like Carole King, Kanye West, Ludacris, Lauryn Hill, Alanis Morissette, and George Clinton. Rafael is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the BARS workshop at The Public Theater in New York, and his upcoming musical “The Limp” - a collaboration with Daveed Diggs - is a contemporary examination of the relationship between love and male identity.

Spencer Ludwig

Trumpeter, Vocalist, Songwriter

A trumpeter, singer, producer, and dancer who rocks alligator shoes with smoking style and panache, Spencer Ludwig brings any party to life. Chances are you’ve heard his lyrical lead trumpet soaring through the music of multi-platinum indie pop act Capital Cities. Not only did the Los Angeles-born vocalist-instrumentalist perform on their full-length debut in a tidal wave of mystery, but he also crisscrossed the globe with the band, opening Katy Perry’s prismatic world tour and tearing up the stage at Coachella, Bonnaroo, and more. Following a whirlwind two years in the group, he returned to LA in December 2014 and commenced writing solo material that showcased both his trumpet talents and dynamic vocal stylings. On his 2016 solo debut for Warner Bros. Records, he merges jazz virtuosity and pop style for a sound that simmers and swaggers with soul.

Christopher Gray

Founder, Scholly

After winning $1.3 million in scholarships himself, Christopher Gray founded Scholly, an app that helps students easily find scholarships for college. Scholly was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, landing a deal with Daymond John and Lori Greiner and sparking the biggest fight in Shark Tank history. Scholly has over 1.6 million users and has helped students raise over $70 million dollars. Actor and Activist Jesse Williams is also a member of the Scholly team.

Ally Bogard

Yoga and Meditation Teacher
Co-founder, Gaiatri Teacher Training and SoundMind Meditation

New York City based Yoga and Meditation teacher, Ally Bogard has taught teacher trainings, workshops and live-in retreats throughout the world for the past 13 years. She is the co-founder of Gaiatri Teacher Training and SoundMind Meditation.

Rosario Dawson

actress, producer, singer, comic book writer, and political activist

Rosario made her film debut in the 1995 teen drama Kids. Her subsequent film roles include He Got Game, Men in Black II, 25th Hour, Rent, Sin City, Death Proof, Seven Pounds, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Unstoppable and Top Five. She is involved with the Lower East Side Girls Club and supports other charities such as environmental group Global Cool, the ONE Campaign, Operation USA, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, the International Rescue Committee, Voto Latino, and Stay

OJ Hays


OJ's fresh approach to animation has helped blossom brands including Chance the Rapper, De La Soul, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The White Sox, Red Bull, and more leading businesses, sports teams, and organizations.

Jared Kopf


Jared Kopf performs magic and interprets symbols all over the world. Sometimes, he and a company of wizards create practical effects for plays, films, and TV shows. Other times, he pretends to be someone else on a stage or in a movie. Once, in Changchun, he found the philosopher’s stone and turned lead into gold. Occasionally, he reads the tarot for free outside a café on Greenville Ave, just down the street from his home in Dallas, Texas where he lives with the sorceress Elayna Mitchell and their son Martin who draws people’s dreams in a notebook.

What to expect

Each weekend offers over 10,000 acres of untracked powder for skiing and snowboarding, guest chefs, world-class speakers, emerging musical talent, outdoor activities, wellness programming, spa services, and an incredible group of leaders to connect with.


The official program starts on Friday afternoon at 4PM and ends Monday. 

Weekend lodging is Friday through Monday morning, with lift tickets provided for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Arrive early to enjoy a day of skiing with your Friday lift ticket before official programming begins. This weekend includes an extra day of programming.


What's Included

  • 4 days of programming

  • Lift tickets Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

  • Many activities and wellness experiences (some cost extra)

  • Talks and moderated discussions with leading minds

  • Meals and snacks

  • Evening music and/or comedy

Flights and travel to and from Eden, Utah are not included. See our refund policy.


Per adult: $1,750

Per child 6-17 yrs old: $825

Per child 1-5 yrs old: free

Costs not inclusive of lodging. Select your lodging options and indicate guests upon checkout. 

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Where you'll be

Just over an hour's drive from Salt Lake City International Airport, Summit Powder Mountain ("SPM") is a four season, 10,000 acre mountain and ski resort. Our sister company SPM has built lodges, co-working spaces, spa, gym, ski, biking, and hiking trails, chair lifts, art installations, and much more.

Learn more about SPM →