Following a wintery day of strategizing, connecting and innovating, what better place is there to burn off some pent-up energy than on the ski slopes or groomed Nordic ski trails of the Northwest? Here are four ski-in/ski-out meeting destinations for your group to consider.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort Idaho – White Pine Lodge is the ultimate ski-in/ski-out facility. “You can click into your skis at the front door,” says Dig Chrismer, marketing manager. “Ski-in/ski-out is definitely something that’s very desirable by a lot of people because it makes the experience pretty seamless. You get up, you can have breakfast in your unit and then head downstairs, put your skis on and off you go. It just makes it super easy. Guests can ski from their doors to the lift and from the bottom of the hill to their doors.”
Schweitzer is a self-contained resort, and the White Pine Lodge is its condominium accommodation in the heart of the village. Available for rent are two-bedroom and three-bedroom units with full kitchens and fireplaces. “Those are nice amenities in that you can have small breakout sessions in those units as a complement to the full group experience in the conference spaces,” says Chrismer. “It’s very much a casual atmosphere. Schweitzer is a very unpretentious, family-friendly destination.”
Five conference spaces are available for skiseason meetings. The largest is the North Room in the Lakeview Lodge, which can accommodate up to 220 guests for a seated dinner and up to 300 for a cocktail party. The smallest space is the Selkirk Room in Selkirk Lodge, which can host up to 40 guests seated and up to 50 standing.
“Groups like that everything is within steps of each other,” says Chrismer, “so you’re all together but not on top of each other.”
Revelstoke Mountain Resort, British Columbia
For a world-class yet casual atmosphere, pay a visit to Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Boasting a mountain-town vibe, the resort showcases contemporary alpine architecture and outstanding views of the Columbia River and the Monashee Mountains, as well as the bustle of the resort’s groomed lower runs. The only skiin/ski-out resort in Revelstoke, the resort is near the Revelation Gondola. The resort offers more than 3,000 acres of fall-line skiing, four high-alpine bowls and 69 named runs and areas. “Guests can access a total of 3,121 acres of terrain, including Great Northern Snowcat-skiing, guided backcountry touring and Selkirk Tangiers Heli-skiing tenure,” says Kevin Manuel, director of marketing.
Five event spaces are available: three indoor and two outdoor. The largest is Revelation Lodge, which can accommodate up to 200 guests seated and up to 300 standing. The smallest is the Nelsen Room, which can host up to 40 guests seated and up to 60 standing.
Timberline Lodge & Ski Area, Oregon
Timberline Lodge is the only National Historic Landmark that still serves the purpose for which it was built: as a ski lodge, says Director of Marketing John Burton. “It’s very unique with regard to sense of place. There’s this intrinsic value of Timberline and the history of it. It was built during the Great Depression as part of the Works Progress Administration.”
The lodge is popular with intermediate and beginner skiers, making it a smart option for groups. “It’s a family-friendly, high-end experience,” says Burton.
Thirteen event spaces are available. The largest can accommodate up to 280 guests both seated and standing. The smallest can host up to 18 guests seated and up to 12 standing. There’s a second lodge, Silcox Hut, another 1,000 feet up with the same type of cascading architecture as the main lodge. It can host up to 40 guests.
“There are a million neat, inspiring stories built into the lodge, carved into the lodge,” says Burton. “Because it’s an inspiring environment, it fosters this collaboration around your event.”
The Alpine Inn at Crystal Mountain Resort, Washington
The Alpine Inn at Crystal Mountain Resort is unique in that it was built to mirror an Austrian ski lodge. Located next to Alpine Inn Restaurant, Snorting Elk Cellar and Snorting Elk Deli, the lodge is a short walk to the Mount Rainier Gondola.
“We’re slopeside for lodging and dining and walking distance to the chairlift,” says General Manager Dee Patterson. “We’re a ski-in location only, so you can ski from the bottom of the hills to the hotel. It’s not very far. In the summer months, there is a multitude of hikes that start right at guests’ doorsteps.”
The Alpine Inn lobby features complimentary Wi-Fi, cozy, leather couches and a warm, inviting fireplace, making it the ideal place to relax, après-ski or -meeting.
Several multiuse areas can be used for private events. The largest space can accommodate up to 95 guests seated and up to 75 standing. The smallest space can host up to 20 guests both seated and standing.
“Groups love the location and convenience,” says Patterson.