Mammoth Lakes Winter Recreation Summit

Mammoth Lakes Winter Recreation Summit

Mammoth Lakes, CA – The Town of Mammoth Lakes and its stakeholders in the Mammoth Lakes Trail System, including Mammoth Lakes Recreation, the Inyo National Forest Service, and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, are seeking the public’s experience and input as they work together to further implement winter recreation and mobility opportunities as identified in the Town’s Trail System Master Plan.

To kick off this implementation effort, the Mammoth Lakes Winter Recreation Summit has been scheduled for March 18-19, 2016. The Summit will feature a variety of on-site outdoor demonstrations, land management agency informational meetings, and specifically targeted presentations designed to engage the public on issues related to winter recreation and mobility. The Summit will be based at the Sierra Event Center in Mammoth Lakes, with on-site outdoor demonstrations scheduled throughout Mammoth Lakes. For detailed event and schedule information, including online resources and recommended outdoor opportunities to enhance the public’s participation, please visit mltpa.org. Free High Speed Broadband services will be provided to attendees at the Sierra Event Center courtesy of Suddenlink Communications.

Luis Benitez, mountaineer and director of the State of Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, will kick off the Summit Friday with an opening night presentation on the Eastern Sierra’s unique place in the growing outdoor recreation movement. Benitez is a widely respected mountain guide, having scaled the highest points on each continent a total of 32 times. The first time he summited Everest in 2001, he guided blind mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer.

After a full day of presentations, the Summit will close Saturday evening with a special panel discussion focused on weatherproofing winter recreation destinations and how the Eastern Sierra’s wide range of user groups might engage this challenge. Panelists will include Chris Steinkamp (Executive Director of Protect Our Winters), Kenji Haroutunian (founder and principal of Kenji Consults), and David Page (Advocacy Manager from the Winter Wildlands Alliance).

All winter recreation enthusiasts are welcome and everybody is encouraged to attend and participate. The Summit is free of charge and advance registration is requested. It will be held at the Sierra Event Center, 452 Old Mammoth Road. Please visit www.mltpa.org for program additions, updates and registration information.