One of the best and simplest ways to get a real taste of local without going to a bunch of work and expense is scheduling a meeting in tandem with a destination’s event calendar.
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Alinio Azevedo was recently hired as Chief Operating Office of Hospitality at Aspen Skiing Company.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as chief operating officer of hospitality?
Since writing about amusing places as something different for groups to tap into for the summer issue of Colorado Meetings + Events, I’ve run across additions to the state’s fun quota. Colorado Springs’ is embracing the new 30,000-square-foot WhirlyBall, an entertainment center where the meeting space can be utilized and team-building incorporated into the program all in one location.
It’s always fun to talk about new happenings around Colorado, and 2017 is proving to be a banner year for places of interest to groups.
In Aspen, Hotel Jerome is integrating the neighboring Aspen Times Building into the historic Hotel Jerome will expand the property’s guest capacity through the addition of eight new rooms and revitalization of the courtyard between the two buildings, including a repositioned pool, two hot tubs, two new meeting rooms, deck, lawn and patio. Plans also include a barbershop and speakeasy.
On June 20, Aspen Snowmass revealed a list of summer 2018 plans for the new Lost Forest on Snowmass Mountain. As Lost Forest was designed to intermingle with nature, the activities were intended to connect guests with their natural surroundings. These new activities include expanded hiking and biking trails, a canopy tour, an alpine coaster, a challenge course, and a climbing wall. The activities available at Lost Forest span all ages and activity levels, and are as follows.
Canopy Run Ziptour
Mammoth Resorts will be acquired by a newly formed entity controlled by affiliates of the Aspen Skiing Company, L.L.C., and KSL Capital Partners, LLC. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of 2017, and is subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.
Mammoth Resorts is the current owner of Mammoth Mountains Ski Area, Snow Summit, Bear Mountain and June Mountain.
In recent years, Colorado ski resorts have found unique ways to transform into busy summer and fall playgrounds and ideal spots for group gatherings and activities, and the state’s Nordic centers are doing the same. The Colorado Cross Country Ski Association, representing 19 family- and group-friendly ski centers and guest ranches that have a combined total of more than 850 km of ski and snowshoe trails, shared these ideas for great summer base camps for golf, adventures, events and more.
Stir up engagement and tune into a host destination with gatherings that utilize multiple venues.
Location: At the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers, between Aspen and Vail, Glenwood Springs is 160 miles west of Denver and 90 miles east of Grand Junction on Interstate 70.
The Hotel Jerome and the Aspen Times Building in Colorado are in the process of expansion.
Designed by Rowland+Broughton, the renovation will expand the capacity of the hotel (which was built in 1889 and is a National Register Historic Place) by adding eight rooms and an addition next to the Aspen Times Building. The maximum unit size is 1,864 square feet per floor.