Blister Summit 2022: What, When, & How to Join

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Located in our hometown of Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado, the Blister Summit is the only consumer-focused gear test and demo event in the world. Test skis, ski boots, and avalanche safety gear in the backcountry and on-resort, talk to company founders, ski with Blister reviewers and professional skiers, learn from designers and innovators in nightly panel sessions, make a new ski buddy or 10, and have a great time.

Over 96% of Blister Summit participants surveyed said they will definitely be coming back to the next Summit, and 100% said they would recommend the event to their friends.

WHERE:

All Summit events will be located at Elevation Hotel in Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado. Elevation is located at the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort, steps away from the lifts.

WHEN:

We will be holding two Summit Events:

  • Summit A: February 20 – 23, 2022
  • Summit B: February 24 – 27, 2022

WHAT’S INCLUDED WITH YOUR SUMMIT PASS?

  • 3-days of ski demos and more
  • 3-days of panel sessions (2 each night)
  • Backcountry sessions with Irwin Guides
  • Nightly gear giveaways
  • Access to discounted room rates (see below)
  • Summit swag & goodies from Flylow, BlackStrap, Outdoor Research, GoggleSoc, and others

Plus you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Meet company founders, CEOs, product designers, athletes, & artists
  • Check out BLISTER HQ
  • Meet Blister reviewers like Paul Forward, Luke Koppa, Jonathan Ellsworth, Kristin Sinnott, Kara Williard, Drew Kelly, Sascha Anastas, & Dylan Wood

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Anyone that considers themselves to be a low-intermediate to expert level skier or rider. Regardless of whether you’re a recreational skier, comp skier, gear nerd, or industry professional, this event is for you. For more on why we made this event and who we made it for, check out this post.

WHAT BRANDS WILL BE THERE?

Renoun, Rossignol, Dynastar, 4FRNT, Folsom, Salomon, WNDR Alpine, Wagner, Moment, Atomic, Line, Glade, Mammut, Mountainflow Eco-wax, K2 (new skis and new boots), Fischer, Icelantic, La Sportiva, Kastle, Volkl, Dalbello, Marker, BCA (Backcountry Access), Revelshine, Beacon Guidebooks, and more will be at the Summit. And while we are still putting together the final brand lineup, we can tell you that there will be more gear you want to test than time in the day.

Summit A

SUNDAY Feb 20

  • 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Welcome Reception

MONDAY Feb 21

  • 8:30am – 4:30pm: On-Snow Demos
  • 4:45pm – 5:30pm: Panel Session 1:
    • How We Review Gear (Blister reviewers)
  • 5:45pm – 6:30pm: Panel Session 2:
    • Ski Binding Design & Real-World Considerations

TUESDAY Feb 22

  • 8:30am – 4:30pm: On-Snow Demos
  • 4:45pm – 5:30pm: Panel Session 1:
    • Athletes & Entrepreneurship
  • 5:45pm – 6:30pm: Panel Session 2:
    • Ski Design

WEDNESDAY Feb 23

  • 8:30am – 4:30pm: On-Snow Demos
  • 4:45pm – 5:30pm: Panel Session 1:
    • Blister Labs: Projects & Personnel
  • 5:45pm – 6:30pm: Panel Session 2:
    • Summit Recap / Ask Us Anything (Jonathan Ellsworth & Blister reviewer

Summit B

THURSDAY Feb 24

  • 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Welcome Reception

FRIDAY Feb 25

  • 8:30am – 4:30pm: On-Snow Demos
  • 4:45pm – 5:30pm: Panel Session 1:
    • How We Review Gear
  • 5:45pm – 6:30pm: Panel Session 2:
    •  Ski Boot Design

SATURDAY Feb 26

  • 8:30am – 4:30pm: On-Snow Demos
  • 4:45pm – 5:30pm: Panel Session 1:
    • Backcountry Safety & Safety Eqpt.
  • 5:45pm – 6:30pm: Panel Session 2:
    • Athlete Panel: The Mental Game

SUNDAY Feb 27

  • 8:30am – 4:30pm: On-Snow Demos
  • 4:45pm – 5:30pm: Panel Session 1:
    • Women in the Ski Industry
  • 5:45pm – 6:30pm: Panel Session 2:
    • Summit Recap / Ask Us Anything: (Jonathan Ellsworth & Blister reviewers)

FAQs

Do I need to bring my own skis?
Definitely not. There will be plenty of skis for everyone. But if you do want to bring your skis, Mountainflow Eco-wax might just throw a fresh layer of wax on them for you. 

Should I bring my own ski / snowboard boots?
Always. Take them as carry on or throw them in the car — just don’t leave home without them. There will be a number of boots to demo at the Summit but we can’t guarantee we’ll have enough for everyone to demo them at once.

Do I need a car while I’m at the Summit?
No, everything you need can be accessed via bus, our backcountry tour shuttles, or is within walking distance.

How do I get to Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado?
Detailed travel information can be found here but with the recent addition of more flights scheduled into Gunnison, it’s now easier than ever to get here.

Are there hotel discounts?
Yes. Elevation Hotel is offering discounted room rates to participants. Use this direct link or the password (BLISTER22) to book your room.

Discounted room rates are also available for the Lodge at Mountaineer Square and The Grand Lodge Crested Butte Hotel & Suites. Use this direct link or call (855) 332-1601 to make a reservation.

Are there age restrictions?
If you’re skiing on an adult ski or board, you’re welcome to participate. If you’re under 18, a parent or guardian will need to sign your liability form.

Are there discounted lift tickets available?
We are working on discounted tickets, but at this time we don’t know if we’ll be able to offer them during the Summit. Crested Butte Mountain Resort is part of the Epic Pass and when tickets are purchased in advance, you can ski/ride for as low as $66 per day.

Will there be guided backcountry skiing this year?
Yes, we will be once again working with Irwin Guides to provide backcountry sessions during the on-snow demo days.

What about COVID-19?
We are working with local health officials to ensure we are practicing best policies to keep everyone as safe as possible. We ask that all participants be flexible and adaptable.

What is the refund policy?
If the event is canceled for any reason, attendees will be issued a full refund.

If you are required to cancel your reservation due to COVID-19 illness or exposure, please email us as soon as possible so that we can try to fill your spot. We will issue a full refund under these conditions.

If a travel ban is implemented that restricts travel to or from your place of origin, we will request the updated government mandate for verification, and we will issue a refund.

Will I get to meet Luke Koppa?
Definitely.

I’D LIKE MORE INFORMATION

Of course, please shoot us an email and we will be happy to answer your questions.

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