• Over-the-Top Learning Adventures in Colorado

    FROM THE Fall/Winter 2016 ISSUE

Incentive trips and meetings with time built in for fun are the perfect times to integrate mountain learning adventures that are uniquely Colorado. Here are just a few from our friends at the Colorado Tourism Office


Skijoring Lessons (Aspen)
Partnering with the Aspen Animal Shelter, St. Regis Aspen Resort offers skijoring lessons. Guests and their dogs, or dogs from the local Aspen Animal Shelter, can take a two-hour private lesson with the shelter’s inhouse skijoring coach and dog trainer.

Dog-Sledding Lessons (Breckenridge)
The hour-long interactive tour with Good Times Adventures can include up to six people and is run as a “relay” with guests switching off between running the dogs, riding in the dogsled and gliding on a small passenger sleigh with the guide. 


Intro to Ice Climbing (Ouray)
Based in the renowned Ouray Ice Park, San Juan Mountain Guides offer a twoday introduction to ice climbing. This program is recommended for first-time ice climbers, begins on low-angled terrain and ventures onto steeper terrain as climbers’ comfort levels increase.

Environmental Studies on Snowshoes (Aspen)
The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) provides a naturalist for daily guided snowshoe tours on top of Aspen Mountain and in Snowmass and Ashcroft or join a naturalist-guided ski tour in Snowmass. 


Learning the Ropes of Ranch Life (Clark)
At Vista Verde Ranch, head out with a backcountry ski guide and learn how to navigate snowy terrain, apply the teachings of the ranch’s horse whisperers during horsemanship clinics or spend an afternoon with chefs learning new culinary tips and tricks at a cooking class. 

Four distinct seasons impress guests, accommodate budgets and tap into a laid-back lifestyle.


Meeting and incentive trip planners: Get ready to be surprised at the diverse range of lodging options available in Colorado from glamping tents, yurts and teepees to overnight accommodations in a jail, train station, castle and replica fort. colorado.com

The 200-acre, family-owned Arapaho Valley Ranch has cabins, lodge rooms, glamping tents outfitted with southwestern flair, and 20-foot teepees equipped with queensized beds.


When planning a gathering, make sure to check a destination’s calendar of events for festivals, concerts and noteworthy exhibitions. Leslie Heins and Lisa Cook, owners and event architects of Denver-based Affair with Flair, demonstrated how this can be done with a social occasion, which easily could have been a corporate event in conjunction with the Denver Art Museum’s recent blockbuster “Dior: From Paris to the World” that wrapped up in March 2019.