The 2021/2022 ski season has not only brought some big storms early on, the opening of new and refreshed mountain town lodging properties also has welcomed winter. Copper Mountain is among the few, if not the only ski resort in Colorado, to welcome a new hotel and Element 29 is its first and only hotel. 

Lodging at Copper Mountain has always been condominium focused, so it’s nice to a see a new option located in Center Village, only a short walk away from retail, dining and outdoor fun. The four-story hotel benefits from big views of Copper Mountain and Sky Chutes and features 127 guest rooms and suites, an outdoor patio with fire pits and hot tubs, a hotel bar, in-house ski locker storage, and a fitness center with two Peloton bikes. 

Meeting and event space is nearby in the Copper Conference Center and around the base village. Attendees can literally step outside the conference center and be on the slopes for a few hours. That’s my kind of break!

 

Brady Johnson, a former member of the U.S. Ski Team, now balances time between C Lazy U Ranch, Destination Colorado, his family and the ski slopes. 

While most people retire just once in their lifetime, C Lazy U Ranch’s Brady Johnson wants to retire three or four times. 

“I think that’s the fun part about life. Find something new, chase a goal and accomplish it, and then find something even more fun and exciting that aligns with what you’re doing with your life at the time,” says Johnson. 

 

Located in Driggs, Idaho, Grand Teton Distillery is opening a new 2,000-square-foot tasting room in summer 2022 as part of an expansion that also increases output. 

The Details

The new tasting room will accommodate up to 50 guests and provided ample space for complimentary tastings, and tours of the distillery will be available by appointment and feature the distilling process from grain to glass. 

 

Recently opened in the Talking Stick Entertainment District in Scottsdale, Arizona, within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Bam Kazam is a new form of interactive entertainment from the founder of Escape the Room. It’s housed within a large 20,000-square-foot complex and consists of 18 room-sized games and puzzles.