It’s hard to beat a patio lunch on a sunny winter day or wrapping up with a little après ski on a favorite mountain patio. Just like beer somehow tastes even better after a round of golf in the mountains, the same can be said for suds or spirits after a full day of skiing or boarding (or being inside for meetings!). Vail Resorts, Inc. owns resorts around the Mountain West and recently shared its top decks from a handful of ski areas.

EAST PEAK LODGE, HEAVENLY MOUNTAIN RESORT
On Saturdays is a midday party with on-snow activities, a DJ, outdoor grilling and more 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, barbecued 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 chairlifts, there is even 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 moun- tains. Live music adds to the scene on select days.

Larger communities host citywides, while mountain resorts are more about “villagewides.” Taking this concept to heart, Beaver Creek has introduced a new collaborative website to help meeting planners envision multi-venue and multi-hotel meetings and events for groups of 150 to 1,500 guests at the Colorado ski resort and to submit RFPs. 

 

One of the United State’s best-known destinations for spiritual vacationing, rest and renewal is Sedona, Arizona. After the many challenges of the past few years, groups who are looking to provide immersive and fulfilling excursions for meetings and incentives trips may want to consider this mountain destination with majestic red rock scenery. 

L’Auberge de Sedona aims to make it easy and unique with new metaphysical programming that incorporates the resort’s serene and intimate grounds and amenities.