Exclusive Ski Getaway at Silverton & Telluride for SOS
Silverton Mountain and Telluride Ski Resort are joining forces to create an unforgettable event to support Colorado based youth organizations, SOS Outreach, The Cycle Effect and Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.
You're invited to join Michael Johnston, distinguished athletes Luis Benitez and Josiah Middaugh, and an exclusive group of invited guests for the second annual Martin Luther King POWDER CHALLENGE: Empowering and expanding mountain opportunity for every kid.
Generously sponsored by Telluride Ski Resort and Silverton Mountain this intimate trip combines luxury accommodations with outdoor adventure in Colorado's breathtaking San Juan Mountains. Guests will enjoy a choice of vigorous Alpine skiing or serene Nordic touring; spas and cabins; rum and microbrews; thought provoking conversations and outdoor solitude; community and reflection; combined with athletics and inspiration from SOS Outreach tremendous youth participants.
WHEN: Martin Luther King Weekend (January 14-17, 2018)
HOW MUCH: $2,750 per person or $5,000 per couple includes 3 nights of lodging, both with private guides and instructors, beverages compliments of Montanya Rum Distillery, private apres ski parties hosted by Silverton and Telluride, banquet dinners hosted at the exclusive Silverton Grand Imperial Hotel and Telluride's Allred Mountain Restaurant, and much more...
Space is limited, reserve your spot today!
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.
About Speaker Mike Johnston: Born and raised in Vail, Colorado, Johnston is the son of former Vail Mayor Paul Johnston. After graduating from Vail Mountain School, he attended Yale University, earning his bachelor's degree in philosophy. After graduating from college, Johnston taught at a rural high school in Mississippi for two years as part of the Teach for America program. Based on this experience, he wrote the book In the Deep Heart’s Core. After his program ended, Johnston enrolled in the Harvard Graduate School of Education earning a master's degree in education policy.
After earning his master's degree, Johnston enrolled in Yale Law School, and became an education policy advisor to political candidates, including Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Tom Strickland in 2002. After returning to Colorado in 2003, Johnston was hired as a principal by Joan Farley Academy. In 2004, he served as principal of the Marvin Foote Detention Center, which houses students in detention centers held in state custody, and organized the first high school graduation in the center's history.
In 2005, Johnston taught education law at the University of Denver Law School and became the founding principal of MESA (Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts), a public school in Thornton, Colorado. As the school's principal, he helped to develop the school's curriculum and program as the school district shifted to developing smaller schools. Johnston joined the presidential campaign of Barack Obama as an informal advisor early in 2007; by May 2008, he was regarded as one of Obama's key advisors on education issues.
In 2009, Johnston became the Colorado Senator from the 33rd district and was re-elected in 2012. Johnston is currently running for Colorado governor.
About Speaker Luis Benitez:
Over the course of a decade, Luis Benitez has quietly emerged amongst a growing field of inspirational adventurers as one of the more experienced, respected and busiest professional guides and leadership development consultants in the world. Throughout his career, Luis has summited the top of the famed “Seven Summits” a cumulative 32 times, including being a six-time summiteer of Mt. Everest. Benitez also has attempted the famed K2 in 2010.
Between managing expeditions on some of the most remote peaks in the world, while consulting with a deep and varied group of clientele, Benitez works to tie the lessons available from the mountains and carry them back to the everyday challenges of life and business during his keynote presentations and seminars.
Early in his career, Benitez was hired by the well-established leadership development school Outward Bound Professional in Colorado, and was responsible for conducting courses in various mountaineering/climbing/skiing techniques, all with the fundamentals of leadership, communication, and problem solving at the core of the Outward Bound curriculum. He has led expeditions and was Director of Operations USA for Adventure Consultants (AC), a highly respected New Zealand-based expedition firm with a long and storied history of leading trips on Mt. Everest. Benitez also manages and leads an annual critical thinking / leadership development seminar in Ecuador and Chile for the Wharton School of Business, and volunteers his time as a guide for the non-profit; Trekking for Kids.
Benitez first summit of Everest was to climb with the blind athlete Erik Weihenmayer on his historic 2001 Everest summit, chronicled in the feature film “Farther Than the Eye Can See” and also in Erik’s book “Touch the Top of the World”. He also has led disabled veterans to the top of Mt. Lobuje, out of which was born the Soldiers to the Summits non-profit organization. He has been featured in films such as “Visions of Everest” (2002) and “Shadow of the Condor” (2002), has reported from Mt. Everest for ABC-TV News, and has filmed segments for an episode of National Geographic’s weekly TV series “Wild Chronicles”. In 2006 while guiding a group in Tibet, his witness of a tragic and historic attack by Chinese soldiers on Tibetan refugees led to Benitez’s firm commitment to dedicate his time to educating and helping people Be Their Own Leader. He is featured in a BBC documentary about that tragic event, “Murder in the Snow.”
He has championed Talent Management and Leadership Development for Vail Resorts and served as a town Councilman in Eagle, Colorado.
Currently he serves at the first Director for the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry for the entire state of Colorado.
About Speaker Josiah Middaugh:
Josiah is an 8 time Xterra National Champion, two time winter triathlon champion, has been on the Xterra World Championships podium, is a survivor of 5 knee surgeries, and overcame Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease through hard work and grit to become a world renowned athlete. Josiah will focus on how dialing in the right opportunities for kids can elevate one from humble roots (he grew up in one room house in Northern Michigan) to life long success in one’s chosen field.