• 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. 

Whether a team is still working from home, or has made a phased return to the office, the past few months have seemed monotonous with not as many in-person meetings and events to break up work weeks. Meeting with a group boosts motivation, and Zoom meetings can’t compare when it comes to rallying morale. After months at home, planning small meetings and corporate getaways away from home is a great way to motivate and revitalize a team’s performance–especially when the destination provides all of the benefits that Colorado offers.


As working from home has become the norm since March, so has connecting with coworkers using webcams and Skype. Button downs and sweatpants have become a work-friendly outfit, and Zoom happy hours were the only way to grab a drink with friends. Especially for teams that used to meet in the office every day, a chance to shake up the (new) same old and safely reconnect in person is much needed after months apart. An out-of-state trip could be a memorable way to sync up with coworkers again, as well as do wonders for motivation and productivity upon return.


So far, webcams and Zoom meetings have been an essential part of 2020. While digital options are functional placeholders for meetings, chatting with a coworker over Skype doesn’t always set up a team for success. Human connection is vital to team building, and hosting safe, small meetings is a great way to revitalize teams after months of working from home.