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. 

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.  

 

One of the meeting trends coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic is the focus on attendee wellness. Three hotels in Scottsdale, Arizona, are going beyond the norm with wellness-focused guest rooms and sleep packages. When people feel well rested and fit, they give their best to learning, brainstorming, networking and planning business strategy. 

 

The latest addition is the availability of Spanish-speaking guides. 

Based in Boulder City, Nevada, Evolution Expeditions has been running kayak tours since 2006. Today, the outfitter offers fully customizable tours that can include hiking for groups of up to 60 guests, whether it’s a half-day break from meetings or a full day expedition.