Schweitzer Mountain Resort opened Sky House, a new $3.8 million summit lodge with 360-degree views in midDecember. The two-story, 9,000-square-foot facility features The Nest restaurant and full-service bar along with Red Hawk café, offering indoor and outdoor seating for up to 180. Sky House also can accom - modate private events, large meetings and retreats. Peter Tobin, head chef of Sky House, is a certified executive chef from The Culinary Institute of America and a certified culi - nary educator.
Part of meeting in a new destination is leaving time to experience the city. While shopping for meeting and event space, don’t forget to consider activities that will get your group interacting and talking about favorite Albuquerque adventures following the gathering.
Situated in the fertile Mesilla Valley between the towering Organ Mountains and meandering Rio Grande, Las Cruces or the “City of Crosses” offers out-of-the-box opportunities to explore the area.
Sled Down White Sands
At White Sands National Monument, groups can participate in many events throughout the year such as going on ranger-led sunset walks or renting sleds for an incredible ride down the dunes.
The leaves are turning, the weather is mild, and the rates are lower. Here’s a second look at an oft-ignored time of year for mountain meetings and events.
Help horses, forests, kids and other great causes while connecting with colleagues.
There are places in the U.S. mountain west and western Canada that are so stunning, they can’t help but inspire brilliance. The Rocky Mountain backdrops and vivid contrasts of seasons have long drawn artists who come to spark their imagination. Meeting planners also can stimulate inventiveness by hosting gatherings in these three communities of varying sizes where creativity thrives.
SKI Magazine’s resort survey has ranked Whistler Blackcomb the number one Overall Ski Resort in North America for the third year in a row. Their top scores were of the terrain variety and off-hill activities. They ranked number two in lodging and après and number three in lifts, dining and terrain parks.
“This is such great news for Whistler Blackcomb and for all of Whistler,” says Barrett Fisher, president and CEO, Tourism Whistler’s. “There is nothing quite like being recognized by an industry leader like SKI Magazine and their readers—our guests.”
Hotels in Breckenridge, Keystone and Beaver Creek are shaking up traditional team-building and break opportunities by offering historic tours combined with bourbon and vodka tastings, Guac-Offs, Winter Rescue Challenges and much more.
Resorts in the West are aging like fine wines with today’s facilities built with groups and year-round in mind.
Looking for an exceptional mountain outing that has memory-making and team-building opportunities galore? We’ve found adventures that involve helicoptering to a dog-sledding camp, having a sleepover or skijoring with adoptable pets, walking through the forest with a wolf, dining in the wilderness with a llama and mingling with mustangs.