Dr. Jon Kedrowski at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Are you ready for ski season? Dr. Jon Kedrowski will demystify winter weather and climate here in Colorado. Then he’ll move on to weather and climate on the other side of the planet in an attempt of Everest this past spring without supplemental oxygen.


Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is hosting Dr. Jon Kedrowski, local author and veteran of over 20 international expeditions for a Gardens Presents evening at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center on Thursday, December 20, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15, $10 for members, and include light appetizers, beer and wine. Tickets are available on the Gardens’ calendar at or by calling 970-476-0103.


Jon’s talk will be geared toward typical weather and snowpack conditions in Colorado for the skier in winter and for the backcountry skier as the end of winter approaches and spring begins. Avalanche safety and backcountry preparedness are included. His book, Classic Colorado Ski Descents, will be featured to give participants ideas of some of the best places to ski in Colorado. Then Jon will share his experience climbing Mount Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen, with discussions on strategy, risk management and weather considerations for the highest mountain in the world.


Jon Kedrowski grew up in Colorado and has been skiing since he was two years old. He climbed his first Fourteener at the age of 8, finishing each of the 58 Colorado 14ers before he turned 18. In spring 2016 he also completed a challenging journey skiing all the Colorado 14,000′ peaks in a single season in 160 days from January to June.


Jon has written three books: “Skiing and Sleeping on the Summits: Cascade Volcanoes” (2016), which is a sequel to his first book, “Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado 14er High Bivys” (2012). His best-selling guidebook “Classic Colorado Ski Descents” was released in 2017. All three are published by the CMC Press/Mountaineers Books.


A veteran of over 20 international expeditions, his recent projects include climbing the seven summits, the highest peaks on each of the seven continents, as well as summiting Everest in 2012. His climbing of Everest in 2012, 2015 with the earthquake in Nepal, and recently 2018 without oxygen have been subjects of documentaries on Dateline NBC, CNN, the Discovery Channel and the Smithsonian.  Dr. Kedrowski is often hired by major companies such as Hewlett Packard, Raymond James, Edward Jones, and Vail Resorts to speak on motivation, goal setting, leadership, risk management and unlocking human potential. For more about Jon Kedrowski visit


Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is Vail’s alpine botanical garden. Located in Ford Park, visitors can freely wander the 5 acres of outdoor gardens, the Education Center and Alpine House. The Gardens are open throughout the year and provides guided and self-guided snowshoe tours in the winter.  To learn more visit

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