The Summit

We are pleased to announce the fourth
Mountain Town and Resort Planning Summit
March 11-14, 2015 in McCall, Idaho!

The summit is a small and interactive conference, where ideas, questions and responses flow freely among participants, facilitators, and the host communities. The Canadian and American past attendees found that the connections made at the conference have been extremely helpful to find solutions in day to day challenges, create a network of professionals from similar communities, and encourage big picture thinking. The conference format includes two excellent keynote speakers but the majority of the summit is spent in roundtable discussions with peers to share ideas and best practices, led by expert facilitators.

About the Roundtables

We’re all used to going to conferences where the sessions consist of three or four PowerPoint presentations and five minutes of polite question and answer. While this format certainly has its place, that place is not at the Mountain Town and Resort Planning Summit!

The Summit brings together experts in land use and transportation, housing, economic development, sustainability, resilience, and leadership in a mountain town and resort context – all of you who attend. Our roundtables leverage the strengths of our attendees to:

  • Share “war stories” and lessons learned
  • Discuss best practices
  • Identify communities that have implemented innovative strategies
  • Provide the opportunity for post-Summit collaboration between communities to develop new solutions to mountain town and resort issues

There will be two rounds of three roundtable topics each day, so attendees will be able to participate in four of six topic areas of their choosing. At the end of each day there will be a report out on each roundtable to all of the attendees. Summaries of the 2015 Roundtable discussions can be found on the Facilitator page.

Who attends?

For the past three conferences there have been a range of participants primarily from western states and provinces, but we look forward to connecting with our east coast professionals this year. The mountain and resort towns have included large destination resorts but also up/down valley communities and surrounding counties and regional districts. Past attendance has included but are not limited to professional planners, housing managers, planning commissions, and consultants from the following places:

Colorado: Aspen/Pitkin County, Vail, Estes Park, Fraser, Grand County, Breckenridge, Summit County, Steamboat Springs, Winter Park, Frisco, Crested Butte, Telluride, San Miguel County
Idaho: McCall, Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey, Blaine County
Utah: Summit County, Park City
Wyoming Jackson, Teton County
California: Mammoth Lakes and Truckee
Montana: Whitefish,Missoula
Alberta: Banff and Canmore
British Colombia: RD of East Kootenay, RD of Kootenay Boundary BC, RD of Columbia Shuswap, RD of North Okanagan, Revelstoke, Squamish and Whistler.) We have also have participation from the BC Ministry of the Tourism, Culture and the Arts.

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7 thoughts on “The Summit

  1. Thanks Michelle and Roger. First Whistler, Breckenridge, and Sun Valley… Now McCall. Great event and looking foward to seeing all the same faces and some new ones. Congratulations!

  2. I’m hopeful the Summit can address sustainability as it relates to cooperation of agencies (state, local, and federal), as well as community resources – outdoor and lands (environment), as well as schools, recreation, business, etc.

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