mountain meetings

Schweitzer Mountain Resort Introduces Sky House

Schweitzer Mountain Resort opened Sky House, a new $3.8 million summit lodge with 360-degree views in midDecember. The two-story, 9,000-square-foot facility features The Nest restaurant and full-service bar along with Red Hawk café, offering indoor and outdoor seating for up to 180. Sky House also can accom - modate private events, large meetings and retreats. Peter Tobin, head chef of Sky House, is a certified executive chef from The Culinary Institute of America and a certified culi - nary educator.

View Albuquerque in a New Light

Part of meeting in a new destination is leaving time to experience the city. While shopping for meeting and event space, don’t forget to consider activities that will get your group interacting and talking about favorite Albuquerque adventures following the gathering. 

Explore Outdoor Options in Las Cruces

Situated in the fertile Mesilla Valley between the towering Organ Mountains and meandering Rio Grande, Las Cruces or the “City of Crosses” offers out-of-the-box opportunities to explore the area. 

Sled Down White Sands
At White Sands National Monument, groups can participate in many events throughout the year such as going on ranger-led sunset walks or renting sleds for an incredible ride down the dunes.

Ski Resorts & Airports that Avoid Cookie-Cutter Approaches

Ski resorts like airports have their own personalities. Just like people, they’re not all created alike and shouldn’t be!

Airport Auras

First, let’s start with the airports. During a recent nine-day trip, the Denver, Nashville and Spokane airports were the places where I took flight and landed. What I like about these three is that they all have features connecting travelers to something local beyond the usual items stamped with the town’s name and information booths.

Unplugged Escapes in California & Colorado

>>  Ski or snowshoe to Tennessee Pass Cookhouse near Leadville, Colorado, for a gourmet dinner featuring Colorado foods such as trout, rack of lamb and elk tenderloin. The off-grid yurt is lit by candlelight and warmed by a wood stove, and there are yurts for those who want to sleep in the woods in winter or summer. tennesseepass.com

Colorful Reasons to Plan Autumn Mountain Meetings

The leaves are turning, the weather is mild, and the rates are lower. Here’s a second look at an oft-ignored time of year for mountain meetings and events.

Participate in CSR Programs Mountain-Style

Help horses, forests, kids and other great causes while connecting with colleagues. 

Get Creative Juices Flowing with Awe-Inspiring Art Venues

There are places in the U.S. mountain west and western Canada that are so stunning, they can’t help but inspire brilliance. The Rocky Mountain backdrops and vivid contrasts of seasons have long drawn artists who come to spark their imagination. Meeting planners also can stimulate inventiveness by hosting gatherings in these three communities of varying sizes where creativity thrives. 

Ski Resorts Provide Spectacular Places to Gather for a Meal in the Clouds

It may just involve two planks, a gondola or sleigh ride to get there. 

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