• 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. 

Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions is launching its 2021 small-ship voyages collection.

Excursions with the educational travel company include a team of experts, such as marine biologists, ornithologists, anthropologists, naturalists and historians, offering a one-to-one staff to guest ratio.


Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.


These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com.

Theron Gore was recently named the chief marketing officer for East West Hospitality.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?