Mountain Action for Groups from Subtle to High-Flying

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Active groups are often happy groups. Why stay indoors in meeting rooms all day when so much more can be incorporated as demonstrated by these new ideas from Wyoming, California and Arizona?

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole in Wyoming has created a three day, three river fly-fishing experience led by the property’s in-house guide. The excursion is ideal for groups or incentive trips with all skill levels and includes the Snake, Salt and Green rivers. The excursion includes daily transportation in one of the Four Season’s luxury SUVs, a gourmet lunch prepared by resort chefs, and custom-made, handcrafted drift boats from Montana. fourseasons.com/jacksonhole

In California, Napa Valley Paddle offers two kayak and stand-up paddleboard tours on the Napa River that work well for groups. On the Living River Tour, witness the Napa River’s transition from saltwater wetland to the clear fresh waters of the Oak Knoll AVA, where the tour finishes. The Carneros Wildlife Preserve excursion (with two route options) explores the northern reach of San Pablo Bay, including Skaggs Island, a former top-secret naval installation during the Cold War and Cuban Missile Crisis. napavalleypaddle.com

In Arizona, treetop thrills at Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course are soaring to new heights with the addition of Adventure Zip Lines. A network of 30 zip lines zigzag through the Ponderosa pines of Fort Tuthill County Park, with riders climbing seven ladders and traversing eight bridges to access zip line takeoff platforms. The zip lines join the popular adventure course that already offers more than 70 aerial challenges.  

The venues are among the most magical places for groups to experience the western U.S. and Canada.

 

Recently, I’ve noticed the trend of meeting planners looking for a fully customized and personalized event experience, and there’s no better way to accomplish that than buying out an entire resort or hotel with a beautiful setting such as a mountain backdrop. Although a buyout can sound expensive and unobtainable, many ways exist to find flexible rates that will allow companies to book a private retreat while not overdrawing on any budgetary restrictions. 

 

These neighboring destinations offer opportunities for meetings and events on both sides of a mountain pass.