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The Donner Summit

Where emerging talent meets industry leaders to build success.

The Donner Summit Presented by GoPro | May 2-5, 2024
Introducing The Donner Summit at Sugar Bowl presented by GoPro, an exciting new event bringing together up-and-coming ski and snowboard athletes. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Donner Summit, this multi-day gathering promises to be a dynamic fusion of networking, personal growth, and the celebration of athletic pursuit. Designed to nurture emerging talent, the summit will connect up-and-coming youth with a diverse array of industry professionals, including pro athletes, brand marketing leaders, athlete agents, health experts, nutritionists, and financial health professionals. With a focus on fostering holistic success both on and off the slopes, attendees can expect workshops and panel discussions covering film and photography production, social media content creation, branding yourself, being a great spokesperson for brands you work with, mindset and physical wellness, and athletic performance strategies. The Donner Summit stands as a pivotal platform for the next wave of winter sports stars to thrive.
Female snowboarder at Sugar Bowl

Donner Summit Presenters & Panelists

  • Paul Crandell - Former GoPro & Red Bull Executive
  • Mike Jankowski - Former Head Coach of US Ski & Snowboard
  • Bridget Legnavsky - President & CEO of Sugar Bowl
  • Daron Rahlves - Palisades Tahoe Athlete
  • Jossi Wells - Professional Skier
  • JJ Thomas - Olympic Snowboard Coach
  • Michelle Parker - Palisades Tahoe Athlete
  • Skogen Sprang - Olympic Ski Coach
  • Travis Ganong - Palisades Tahoe Athlete
  • Janelle Yip - Professional Freeskier
  • Amie Engerbretson - Palisades Tahoe Athlete
  • JT Holmes - Palisades Tahoe Athlete
  • Steven Kotler - NYT Best Selling Author, "The Rise of Superman"
  • Roy Tuscany - High Fives Foundation
  • Sherry McConkey - Wellness Guide
  • Mark Ervin- WME Partner and Olympic/Action Sports Clients Group Head
  • Jamison Keegan - Talent Management
  • Robett Hollis - Entrepreneur
  • Michael Conway - Wealth Advisor
  • More Coming Soon...

Summit Workshops & Panel Discussions

  • Social Media Best Practices
  • Personal Brand Management
  • Content Creation
  • Competitive Mindset
  • Physical & Mental Wellness
  • Wealth Management
  • Life After Sport
  • PR & Media Training
  • Working with Sponsors: The Do's & Dont's
  • and much more.
Xander Guldman Professional skiers at Sugar Bowl
Sugar Bowl Donner Summit

Event Schedule

May 2 - Arrival Day & Welcome Dinner
May 3 - Workshops & On-Snow Filming Sessions
May 4 - Workshops & On-Snow Filming Sessions
May 5 - Workshops & On-Snow Sessions


Meet The Founders

Bridget Legnavsky
Bridget Legnavsky
Bridget dedicated most of her career to Cardrona, New Zealand, advancing from athlete to General Manager over 10 years. She spearheaded Cardrona's transformation into a leading Park and Pipe venue, driven by her passion for athlete growth, wellness, and joy.
Mike Jankowski
Mike Jankowski
Mike joined the Sugar Bowl team after a 20 year career in Olympic sport leadership. His experience includes leading the US Olympic Halfpipe & Slopestyle Teams to 37 medals over 5 Olympic Games as Head Coach and General Manager.
Paul Crandell
Paul Crandell
For 30 years, Paul has focused on sports, starting as Head of Sports at Red Bull North America, where he expanded the brand through sponsorships and content. Later, at GoPro, he led global marketing, managing diverse athletes and teams across various sports.
Accepting Applications Now
Space in The Donner Summit presented by GoPro is very limited to provide an optimal learning experience for the attendees. This year, only 40 athletes will be accepted, including top FIS skiers and snowboarders. Applications and registration fees are due April 15, 2024.

Donner Summit Registration: $1,000 USD
  • Add-On Lodging (Shared Room, Ages 18+), All Meals Included: +$500
  • Add-On Lodging (Own Room, Parent Supervision, All Meals Included: +$1000
  • Scholarships available: Inquire

Includes:
  • Learn from Olympians, industry leaders and legends of winter sports
  • Network with fellow athletes and presenters
  • Hands-on workshops to improve your pursuit as a professional athlete
  • Four-days of lift access
  • On Snow filming sessions
  • Free GoPro for the first 40 applicants accepted
  • Killer swag and more...

Thanks To Our Partners

We are grateful for our outstanding partnerships which have helped bring The Donner Summit to life. We are excited to work together to support up-and-coming athletes in their persuits.

If you or your company would like to get involved with the Donner Summit, please reach out.