Summit Mountain Series

Winter Jam II

February 9-11

program focus: arts & entertainment

Weekend SOLD OUT


This Weekend


Kiko Dontchev

Manager, Dragon Development at SpaceX

Kiko Dontchev is Manager of Dragon Ground Operations at SpaceX. Kiko joined SpaceX in May 2010 leading development of Lithium Ion batteries for SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket. In 2013, he took on the role of lead engineer driving the design and build of the first engineering test vehicle for Dragon 2, SpaceX’s next-generation crewed spacecraft. In 2015, Kiko led the execution of a successful Pad Abort Test with the test vehicle, a key demonstration for ensuring astronaut safety during human spaceflight and was subsequently awarded a prestigious NASA Award for early career achievement. From there, Kiko went on to lead the development of the Red Dragon vehicle and propulsive landing capability of Dragon 2. In mid-2017, Kiko relocated to Cape Canavaral, FL where he know oversees all of Dragon Launch, Refurbishment and Human Spaceflight Operations.

Katherine de Kleer

Planetary Astronomer, Caltech

Inspired by the bizarre volcanic activity on Jupiter’s moon Io, Katherine de Kleer studies the composition of planets and moons—including the relationships between their atmospheres, surfaces, and interiors. She conducts novel experiments at the world's leading observatories, and has recently begun an investigation into the surface environments of moons that host subsurface oceans using Keck, the Hubble Space Telescope, and ALMA Observatory in Chile. Katherine received a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2017 she was the recipient of a Heising-Simons Foundation 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct research at Caltech, and she will be joining the faculty at MIT in 2019.

Dr. Kevin Peter Hand

Planetary Scientist/Astrobiologist
Project Scientist, Pre-Phase A Europa Lander Mission Concept
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech

Dr. Kevin Hand is a planetary scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. His research focuses on the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the solar system with an emphasis on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. His work involves both theoretical and laboratory research on the physics and chemistry of icy moons in the outer solar system. He served as co-chair for NASA’s Europa Lander Science Definition team and he is the Project Scientist for the Pre-Phase-A Europa Lander mission. From 2011 to 2016 he served as Deputy Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration at JPL. He served as a member of the National Academies Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Sciences. His work has brought him to the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, the sea ice near the North Pole, the depths of the Earth’s oceans, and to the glaciers of Kilimanjaro.

Heather Dewey-Hagborg


Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical practice. Her controversial biopolitical art practice includes the project Stranger Visions in which she created portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed up gum) collected in public places. Heather has shown work internationally at events and venues including the World Economic Forum, Shenzhen Urbanism and Architecture Biennale, the New Museum, the Centre Pompidou and PS1 MOMA. Her work has been widely discussed in the media, from the New York Times and the BBC to TED and Wired. Heather has a PhD in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is an affiliate of Data & Society.

Zaria Forman


Zaria Forman was born in South Natick, Massachusetts and currently works and resides in Brooklyn, New York. She studied at the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and received a BS in Studio Arts at Skidmore College in New York. Her works have been in publications such as the New York Times T Magazine, National Geographic Proof Blog, Huffington Post, and the Smithsonian Magazine. Zaria was featured on CNN, the Wall Street Journal and interviewed by Lucy Yang on ABC7 Eyewitness News. Zaria exhibited in Banksy's Dismaland, delivered a TEDTalk that is featured on, travelled aboard the National Geographic Explorer as the artist-in-residence for four weeks in Antarctica, and flew over the polar regions with NASA's Operation IceBridge. She has also lectured at Harvard University, Amazon headquarters, Google, and NASA Goddard Space Center, among other places.

Christian Picciolini

Author, Peace Advocate, and Former Extremist

Christian Picciolini is an Emmy Award-winning producer, acclaimed author and public speaker, and a reformed extremist. His work is born of a profound need to atone for a grisly past, and to make something of his time in this world by contributing to the greater good. After leaving the American neo-Nazi skinhead movement he helped build during his youth, he painstakingly began to rebuild his life. In 2009, he co-founded Life After Hate, a nonprofit dedicated to compassionately helping others develop empathy and disengage from hateful ideologies and violent extremism. In 2015, Picciolini published his memoirs, Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead.

Brian Fishman

Head of Counterterrorism Policy at Facebook

Brian Fishman is the Head of Counterterrorism Policy at Facebook. He is the author of The Master Plan: ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory (YUP, 2016) and previously served as the Director of Research at the United States Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center. Fishman began studying the progenitors of the so-called Islamic State in 2005 and first taught an academic course on the Islamic State of Iraq’s turn toward governance in 2008. He predicted the rise of the Islamic State in early 2011, prior to the Syrian civil war, and was subsequently listed as an “enemy” by the Islamic State in its preeminent English-language magazine, Dabiq.

Sam Vinograd

CNN National Security Analyst
Senior Advisor at the Biden Institute

Sam Vinograd served President Obama’s National Security Council as the Director for Iraq, as Director for International Economics, and as a Senior Advisor to the National Security Advisor. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2013 where her work focused on building public – private sector partnerships across a broad range of policy and business issues. She now leads Global Public Policy at Stripe.



Equal is a New York City DJ and music producer. He first garnered attention as a producer with the release of his single, "Lost in the Evening (ft. Gary Jules),” and his recent hit “Shakedown” has garnered worldwide DJ support and placement in Vogue UK and a collaborative ad-campaign from Ciroc for Zoolander 2. From Cabo to Sydney - Equal leverages his global sound to spin tracks at the world’s biggest festivals.

Leah Song


Leah has spent her whole life pursuing the arts and its ability to empower. She has lived and traveled extensively across the globe, but she most credits her time in the her native south (Atlanta, New Orleans, and Southern Appalachia), in Latin America, and in India for helping sculpt her path. She has always been an artist and song collector. She developed her artistry alongside social justice and traditional arts communities around the world- working with muralists in Mexico alongside the Zapatista movement, in the folk music communities of Cuba, Columbia, Ireland, New Orleans and Appalachia, and through 12 years touring as front woman of her band Rising Appalachia.

Gillian Gorman

Owner and director, Yoga Great Barrington and Radiance Yoga

Gillian is the owner and director of Yoga Great Barrington and Radiance Yoga in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. A 500-hour certified instructor with over 13 years of teaching experience, Gillian teaches a creative Vinyasa Yoga method influenced by alignment, anatomy, meditation and massage. With keen attention to optimal alignment and breath expansion, she leads a soulful, inspiring and safe class for yoga enthusiasts of all levels.

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.

Chali 2na & the House of Vibe

Artist & Musician

With his unmistakable baritone voice and 6-and-a-half foot charm, Chali 2na has established himself as one of hip-hop's preeminent and most charismatic personalities. He's also garnered renowned praise as a visual artist across a wide spectrum of mediums. Most known for co-founding music groups, Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, Chali released his debut solo album "Fish Outta Water" in 2009. Since then, he has been touring the world with his 3-piece band known as the House Of Vibe. Breathing new life into his musical past, he recently announced "Against The Current”, a music and art project that combines a series of genre bending EPs with a coffee table book featuring original artwork and photography from Chali himself.

Rick Glassman


Stand-up comedian Rick Glassman starred as Burski on NBC’s “Undateable” and is cast as legendary writer / director Harold Ramis in the upcoming National Lampoon biopic “A Futile and Stupid Gesture.” In 2013, Time Out New York identified Glassman as “Best of the New Faces” at Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.

Joshua Bennett

Spoken Word Poet

Dr. Joshua Bennett hails from Yonkers, NY. He is the author of The Sobbing School (Penguin, 2016), which was a National Poetry Series selection and finalist for an NAACP Image Award, as well as Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man, which is forthcoming from Harvard University Press. Bennett holds a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University, and an M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Warwick, where he was aMarshall Scholar. His writing has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, The New York Times, Poetry and elsewhere. He is currently a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard University.

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.

What to expect


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

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. We welcome attendees to stay the extra evening (Sunday) after official programming ends for a relaxed, pay-direct dinner – a leisurely evening in nature – and head home Monday.


What's Included

  • 3 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: $1,900

Per child 6-17 yrs old: $950

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.

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