Happy Hours

Happy Hour 1: SHIFT & The Outdoor Blogger Summit

Location: Hayden’s Post, Snow King Resort

What happens when the storytellers of outdoor recreation share a drink with the newsmakers at the heart of the story? Find out when participants from the Outdoor Blogger Summit and SHIFT gather at Hayden’s Post to continue the conversations begun during the Icebreaker networking session, which will have just concluded at the SHIFT Summit.

Happy Hour 2: Changing Cultures – New Guided Recreation Opportunities On Public Lands

Location: King’s Grill, Snow King Mountain

Connecting new people to public lands may be the best way to secure more funding for these places, in addition to helping prevent the public lands sell-off. However, making these connections can be challenging. As we learned at last year’s SHIFT Summit, outdoor leaders sometimes run into barriers to taking people out on public lands. This limits access for people who rely on trained leaders to facilitate their first public lands experience.

Fortunately, this is beginning to change. Since last year’s Summit, the land management agencies have taken steps to prioritize recreation and improve the permit system for facilitated recreation activities. The U.S. Forest Service in particular is working to change its culture around guided recreation management. Representatives from the Forest Service and the Outdoor Access Working Group will brief participants on significant recent developments in the management of recreation permits on federal lands and discuss ways in which outdoor leaders can collaborate with the agencies to secure new opportunities to connect people with their public lands.


– Courtney Aber, Director, YMCA’s BOLD/GOLD

Sam Hensold, Access and Diversity Advocate, Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education

– Mike Schlafmann, Public Services Staff Officer on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

– Paul Sanford, National Director of Recreation Policy, The Wilderness Society

Happy Hour 3: Get Some Air!

The Snow King Resort Hotel sits right at the bottom of world-famous Snow King Mountain. After the SHIFT Summit, lace up your shoes, walk out the door and get some vertical, rent a bike and go for a ride, or walk over to the Teton Boulder Park and get a pump on! You’ll need some oxygen before Terry Tempest Williams takes your breath away.

Snow King Mountain Sports has both road and mountain bike rentals available. Reserve yours today at 307-201-5096.

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