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Schweitzer Mountain Resort to Open Lodge at The Summit

Schweitzer Mountain Resort will open a Sky House summit lodge on Dec. 16. The two-story lodge will offer a range of amenities, including a restaurant and full-service bar.

Located on the summit of Schweitzer Mountain, the Sky House will be open year-round and offers panoramic views of the Selkirk Mountains, Lake Pend Oreille and the resort. The 9,000-square-foot lodge was designed by architect Tim Boden and engineered by Dave Thompson.

Meet Sheila Sandoval

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Sheila Sandoval was recently hired as the director of sales at the Stella Hotel in Bryan, Texas.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as director of sales for The Stella Hotel?  Creating relationships/friendships and partnerships not only with potential clients but my counterparts within the industry as well.

Planners Share Meeting & Event Trends for 2017

Various hospitality brands release trend reports, and the ones that capture my attention are those that are specific to meeting and events and include several properties in the U.S. Mountain West. Sometimes these are observations from staff, but Destination Hotels is on its fifth year of conducting a “State of the Meetings Industry” survey that happened in October and garnered responses from more than 400 corporate, association, government and independent planners.

Meet Nick Redd

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Nick Redd was recently hired as COO for NOAH’S Event Venue.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as COO at NOAH'S Event Venue?

Participate in CSR Programs Mountain-Style

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

IMEX America 2016 Breaks New Records

According to recently published figures, IMEX America 2016 has officially broken multiple records. The event, which was held Oct. 18–20, had an attendance increase of 14 percent from last year.

There was a 6 percent increase in the attendance of hosted buyers, making up 3,216 from 60 countries. About 10,000 buyers attended group appointments and prescheduled appointments were upwards of 60,000—far more than the numbers gathered in 2015.

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. 

New Lodging Properties for Glacier Country

Western Montana's Glacier Country is benefitting from four new lodging properties in Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Falls. Several properties also have renovated, including Flathead Lake Lodge on the east shore of Flathead Lake near Bigfork, which upgraded cabins with new wood floors and remodeled bathrooms.

Prime Spots for Glamping in Idaho

Camping for groups is a bit challenging and not the type of gathering embraced by everyone, but yurts offer a type of lodging that is somewhere between a cabin and tent. Usually round, approximately 20 feet in diameter, waterproof and semipermanent, a yurt typically features a wooden floor, skylight, hardwood walls and canvas for weather protection.

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