Planning trips that are distinct can help inspire top performances and loyalty. Grand American Adventures, which specializes in small group excursions for 35- to 65-yearolds, has launched a series of in-depth, guided tours in the Mountain West that also can work well for incentive trips. The excursions feature an element of luxury and accommodations in upscale boutique lodges, ranches, yurts and cabins.

On Canyon Country in Utah – Canyoneering, Hummer touring, mountain biking, floating the Colorado River. Departures: April to October

Winter Wildlife in Wyoming – Snowshoeing and tracking wolves, elk, bighorn sheep and more. Departures: January

Alaska and Kenai In-Depth Tour – Watching wildlife from kayaks and hiking across glaciers and ice fields. Departures: June to September

Yellowstone and Teton In-Depth Tour – Exploring and tracking wildlife in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. Departures: June to September

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.  

 

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. 

 

A peek at what’s new in places with peaks in the U.S. Mountain West and western Canada. 

One might expect that little has happened in many destinations during the era of COVID-19. However, mountain towns have served as refuges for individuals and groups seeking the great outdoors for play and gathering. New properties and experiences, big-time renovations, and entertaining food and beverage options have debuted or are in the works.