• Reaching New Heights with Hot Air Balloons

     
    POSTED February 26, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Rainbow Ryders
  • Reaching New Heights with Hot Air Balloons

     
    POSTED February 26, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Rainbow Ryders
  • Reaching New Heights with Hot Air Balloons

     
    POSTED February 26, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Rainbow Ryders

Outdoor activities have become even more popular with groups during COVID-19. Adding fresh-air time on the agenda is becoming the norm, and people seem more open to trying new things after being cooped up and working in home offices for months. Consider a wide variety of unique opportunities with hot air balloons offered by Rainbow Ryders in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.

Sunrise and sunset excursions – Flights are available year-round for meetings and incentive trips in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as seasonally in Colorado Spring, Colorado.

Tethered balloon rides – As a way to engage more people at once and to provide a taste of what it’s like to ride in a hot air balloon, Rainbow Ryders offers tethered balloon rides that lift passengers in an inflated hot air balloon to a low altitude in a fixed location, using ropes secured to the ground.

Evening balloon glow – Balloon glows display static hot air balloons at night. When illuminated by propane burners, the balloons create light displays and spectacular effects against the night sky. Rainbow Ryders helped pioneer the balloon glow at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in 1973.

Team-building activity – Being part of a launch and landing and going up in a balloon is a great way to build team spirit, all while surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

Corporate marketing – Rainbow Ryders creates branded hot air balloons for memorable on-the-ground or in-the-air events. Intel, Dos Esquis and Verizon are some brands that have partnered with Rainbow Ryders for event marketing.

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. 

 

Honeycomb Strategies, based in the Colorado mountain town of Crested Butte and with a second location in Portland, Oregon, has been certified as a B Corporation. The women-owned sustainability consulting firm is helping the global event industry create sustainable management systems and reduce its footprint. 

B Corps are for-profit companies that meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and use their profits and growth to positively impact stakeholders and the planet.

 

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.