Located at the base of Arizona’s highest mountain, the 12,633-foot Humphrey’s Peak, Basecamp at Arizona Snowbowl has 26 newly renovated cabins and rooms that are the closest lodging to Snowbowl’s ski lifts. 

Everything is new in the cabins and rooms from the plank flooring, southwestern throw rugs, furniture, bedding, big-screen TVs, and accent art, including photography of the slopes at Snowbowl. 

Guests are sure to enjoy the cabins’ front porches that feature colorful Adirondack chairs and are perfect for stargazing just outside Flagstaff, which in 2001 became the world’s first International Dark Sky City.

After meetings and outdoor adventures during the day, groups and individuals can gather at the full-service Basecamp Restaurant with a full bar serving cocktails, wine and a vast array of Arizona microbrews and a menu featuring house-smoked barbecue entrées, burgers, salads and vegetarian options. 

Located approximately 7,400 feet above sea level, Basecamp is in the midst of the 1.8-million-acre Coconino National Forest, home to the largest stand of ponderosa pine trees in the world. 

In the soon-to-be released Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings, I write about Mountain Activities 101. That’s not the official title of the article—it’s actually Mild to Wild—but it is a primer about the many amazing activities groups can enjoy in the mountains, from cave tours in Bend, Oregon, to a kayaking, hiking and hot springs excursion near Boulder City, Nevada. 

 

Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana, has named Molly Smith and Kristen Snavely co-general managers of the all-inclusive luxury property situated in the Bitterroot Valley. Smith is returning to Triple Creek Ranch after a brief hiatus. Previously serving as GM for four years after working her way up from pastry chef, she has since perfected her skills at The Inn at Hastings Park in Massachusetts, another Relais & Châteaux property. 

 

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.