• Deck Time in the Mountains

     
    POSTED March 24, 2015
     
  • Deck Time in the Mountains

     
    POSTED March 24, 2015
     
  • Deck Time in the Mountains

     
    POSTED March 24, 2015
     
  • Deck Time in the Mountains

     
    POSTED March 24, 2015
     
  • Deck Time in the Mountains

     
    POSTED March 24, 2015
     

It’s hard to beat a patio lunch on a sunny spring day or wrapping up with a little après on a favorite mid-mountain or slopeside deck. Just like beer tastes somehow tastes even better after a round of golf in the mountains, the same can be say for suds or spirits after a full day of skiing or boarding (or after being inside for meetings!). Groups can score big with attendees by hosting a patio gathering at ski areas or historic mountain downtowns almost any season.

My favorite decks at my home ski resort in Crested Butte, Colorado, are the Ice Bar at Uley’s Cabin and 9380 at Elevation Hotel & Spa. The second-story deck at Butte 66 also is primo for watching the Pond Skim that my kids always participate in the last Saturday of ski season, which is April 4 this year.

Vail Resorts owns resorts round the Mountain West and recently shared top decks from a handful of ski areas.

East Peak Lodge, Heavenly Mountain Resort – New this winter and spring is a midday party with on-snow activities, a DJ, outdoor grilling and more on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Mid-Mountain Lodge, Park City Mountain Resort – What’s fun about this renovated venue is it once served more than 1,000 miners a day. Now, the 10th Mountain outdoor grill is all about savory, barbequed options with picturesque mountain views.

Lookout Cabin, Canyons Resort – Known for its table-served Rocky Mountain cuisine, Lookout Cabin is just one of several on-mountain dining destinations at this resort. Incredible views of Wasatch Range are a bonus.

Hawk’s Nest Deck, Vail Mountain - Perched at the summit overlooking Sun Up Bowl and Blue Sky Basin, this deck is a great spot for a mountaintop picnic. Centrally located and easily accessed by three chair lifts, there even is a complimentary gas grill.

Mamie’s Mountain Grill, Beaver Creek Resort - This on-mountain, outdoor restaurant has a large sundeck. Purchase and grill your own lunch meats while taking in views of McCoy Park and the surrounding mountains. Live music adds to the scene on Thursdays and Sundays.

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.  

 

Did you know about World Bartender Day? I didn’t but love the cocktail and photos that Spirit Hound Distillers in Lyons, Colorado, shared in honor of the Feb. 24 occasion. 

 

Groups and leisure travelers can now book stays and gatherings at Utah’s Pendry Park City, located in the heart of Canyons Village at Park City Mountain and set to open in winter 2021/2022. The ski-in/ski-out resort and residences is the first mountain resort for Pendry Hotels & Resorts and will provide easy access to the largest ski area in the nation with more than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain.