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!


Keeping up with the ebb and flow of trends and best practices for meetings and events during the past few years has been like running a Colorado trail race without a map or directional signage. Where do you turn left, turn right, go straight, or temporarily stop at an aid station to take a breath and renourish?


Recently, I wrote about Santa Fe, New Mexico’s new Sky Railway, which made me think about all the train tie-ins for groups in the U.S. Mountain West and western Canada. Several tourist trains offer special events that groups can tag onto and allow private rental of train cars, and there are venues and museums that celebrate the railroad’s front-and-center place in the development of the West.


Sun Outdoors, with more than 175 resorts and campgrounds across the United States and Canada, is collaborating with Outdoor Afro to provide the organization with a variety of year-round experiential activities, events and opportunities, including leadership conferences and fundraising events.