• Montana Ranch & Colorado Resort Announce New Hires & Promotions

     
    POSTED April 25, 2022
     
  • Montana Ranch & Colorado Resort Announce New Hires & Promotions

     
    POSTED April 25, 2022
     
  • Montana Ranch & Colorado Resort Announce New Hires & Promotions

     
    POSTED April 25, 2022
     

Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana, has named Molly Smith and Kristen Snavely co-general managers of the all-inclusive luxury property situated in the Bitterroot Valley. Smith is returning to Triple Creek Ranch after a brief hiatus. Previously serving as GM for four years after working her way up from pastry chef, she has since perfected her skills at The Inn at Hastings Park in Massachusetts, another Relais & Châteaux property. 

Snavely’s appointment is the culmination of 24 years of service to Triple Creek Ranch, most recently working as assistant general manager and previously overseeing the horseback riding program and grounds.

Groups can enjoy beautiful scenery, wildlife and outdoor experiences year-round, along with the rustic elegance of private log cabins, cuisine by Executive Chef Jacob Leatherman and personalized service. The ranch has been named the #1 Hotel in the World by Travel + Leisure and is a Wine Spectator “Best of, Award of Excellence” winner for 10 consecutive years.

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley in Colorado has hired Danielle McNair as director of sales and marketing and Catherine Dierolf as a leisure sales manager. 

McNair joins The Westin Riverfront from Viceroy Snowmass, another luxury Colorado resort managed by East West Hospitality and where she most recently served as director of business development. Her diverse hospitality experience includes roles in catering, event design and sales and marketing at several top Colorado companies, including Vail Resorts, Vail Valley Partnership and Sonnenalp Resort of Vail. McNair has lived in the Vail Valley for more than 20 years and holds the Certified Hospitality Sales Professional Certification from the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Dierolf previously spent more than six years working for Vail Resorts, starting as a certified snowboard instructor before becoming a leisure hospitality sales coordinator.

The Westin Riverfront features 230 guest residences and 7,500 square feet of meeting and event space as well as amenities such as Spa Anjali, an athletic club and a year-round outdoor pool and three infinity hot tubs. 

In the soon-to-be released Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings, I write about Mountain Activities 101. That’s not the official title of the article—it’s actually Mild to Wild—but it is a primer about the many amazing activities groups can enjoy in the mountains, from cave tours in Bend, Oregon, to a kayaking, hiking and hot springs excursion near Boulder City, Nevada. 

 

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.  

 

The latest addition is the availability of Spanish-speaking guides. 

Based in Boulder City, Nevada, Evolution Expeditions has been running kayak tours since 2006. Today, the outfitter offers fully customizable tours that can include hiking for groups of up to 60 guests, whether it’s a half-day break from meetings or a full day expedition.