October 28 – 30 (New Dates)

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Unless noted, all events take place at the Fast Performance – 4650 Leyden Street Denver, CO 80216

Event times, names and dates all subject to change.
Check back often. The Schedule at a Glance is continually updated.

10:00am – 12:00pm

Keynote Speaker – Alex Harz
Lecture – Mountain-Con attendees get a special screening of “The Quest” Documentary followed by a presentation by Alex on “The effects of Altitude on Physiology” with Q+A.

12:00pm– 1:00pm

Lunch Truck Service

1:00 – 2:00pm

Bob Poehling – US Ski Team CSCS
Lecture – Evaluating Program Efficacy: Are you helping or hurting?
An overview of some common and uncommon technologies to start evaluating your program, ranging from the cost of a coffee through to the gold standards. We will then progress into useful statistical approaches to determine change in these technologies, breaking it down into ways any coach can use. And lastly, using these same methods to help plan training load variations in your micro through macro-cycles.

2:00 – 4:00pm

Lecture/Practical – Rotational Training Lecture and Practical
With the understanding of demands for the modern sport athlete, the concepts of training in multiple planes of motion/multidirectional training, has taken on new importance in the world of strength and conditioning. How do we understand it and use it in our training programs?

6:00 – 7:30pm

Welcome Reception – Location TBD
Our friends at 10th Mountain Whiskey will be providing a private area for all Mountain-Con attendees, sponsors, and speakers to mingle and network together in a fun, social environment!

8:30 – 9:30am


9:30 – 11:00am

Keynote Speaker – Jeremy Sheppard PhD CSCS*E
Lecture – “Finding the Signal Amongst the Noise” Achieving Purposeful Strength and Conditioning Training for the Action Sports Athlete
Compared with any tactical field sport (e.g. football, baseball) or first past the line sport (e.g. Track and Field), action sports can appear as chaos, and how to physically prepare these athletes in a meaningful way can be a mystery. Yet, the performers in these sports are athletes, and as an S&C coach you most certainly can objectively help them with performance, injury avoidance, as well as longevity and quality of life. This presentation will showcase several principles behind a training approach for action sports athletes, using Coach Sheppard’s experience with elite surfing and snowboarding as the context.

11:00am – 12:00pm

Lecture –The Physics, Power, and Programming of Pneumatics
A lecture on the differences between mass-based and pneumatic resistance, focusing on the impacts of inertia and momentum on power as it relates to the five trainable qualities and other aspects of resistance training.  Additionally, a strong focus on defining and programming for power and other trainable qualities.

12:00 – 1:00pm

Lunch Truck Service

1:00 – 2:00pm

Practical – Pneumatics: Practical Applications of Power
A practical on pneumatic programming applications and testing protocol, with a focus on power and speed.

2:00 – 3:00pm

Kelsey Bailey MS RD CSSD CSCS
Lecture – Nutritional Considerations for Extreme Cold and Altitude
This presentation will provide an overview the physiology of these environments, understand the nutritional demands, how to plan and pack for individual needs.

3:00 – 4:00pm

Lecture – Understanding Periodization for the Aspiring Collegiate Athlete
Programming and Periodization are an overlooked aspect of program design. In this lecture, we will discuss the considerations of program design and periodization concepts that will allow coaches to build programming that honors the concepts of peaking and tapering for the high school and collegiate athlete.

8:30 – 9:30am

Keynote – Jimmy Pritchard CSCS RSCC
Preparing the Youth Athlete for Elite Performance
Lecture: To properly prepare the youth athlete in todays environment, the coach must overcome many environmental challenges. This lecture will pull on 20+ year of experience in training team and individual sport athletes with periodized programming that focuses equally on strength, power and injury resilience during all training phases leading up to competition. We will also discuss strategies for proper peaking and tapering of the programs for multiple events and seasons.

9:30 -10:00am

Break in the Red Bull Lounge


Patrick Nolan CSCS*D XPS
“Inside – Outside” – Movement base training with considerations of the inside and outside edge of the foot.
Lecture: This will be half lectured based focusing on considerations for programming movements.  The importance of loading and how to create and progress drills with the focus of inside or outside edge of your foot.  The second half will be hands on where everyone will be able to get go through some of the movements to really understand the loading of each edge and learn how to progress and regress in movement selection.


Mike Mata MA CMPC
M.A. Sport & Performance Psychology
Mental Performance Consultant (MPC) & Co-Founder of Limitless Mental Performance
Mind Gym: Teaching Sport Psychology Concepts Between Reps Learn how to help improve your athletes’ performance in the gym and the competition venue through coaching basic sport psychology concepts like self-regulation, performance routines, cueing, and imagery. In this session we will discuss the science behind mental skills, their relevance in the strength and conditioning setting, the pedagogy in this setting, and the practical use and transfer-ability of skills in various environments and demands.

12:00pm – Thank You’s and Departure!

Inspiring & Educational

Mountain-Con will feature some of the biggest names and brightest minds. Our speakers will inspire you with their vision and  leadership.