Vail is perfectly poised for groups to explore trails, forge rivers and capture the local culture and luxurious lifestyle.
One of the most popular features of Snowmass is that 96 percent of lodging is ski in/ski out and only steps away from hiking, mountain biking and other fair-weather fun. Lodging properties with meeting space, the 18,000-square-foot Westin Snowmass Conference Center and 8,000-square-foot Base Village Conference Center managed by Viceroy Snowmass are prime places to mix productive meetings with outdoor recreation.
Almost year-round, I roam around the Western Slope and southwest and south central Colorado for my kids’ high school sports. Sometimes, I have time to explore destinations, properties and attractions of interest to the meetings and events market on these outings. This past weekend, I had the good fortune of being in Pagosa Springs for about 24 hours.
Recently, I organized a gathering for a small group of journalists from England visiting Crested Butte and Telluride in southwest Colorado. We scheduled two nights of lodging at a wonderful property at the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Mt.
You want to have a meeting or an event in a ski town, but how do you go about selecting a place to fit your gathering’s purpose and personality? On the outside, you might think ski towns are all the same. In winter it’s typically skiing, snowboarding, cool on-mountain dining venues, tubing and ice skating. There are fire pits to lounge around and lots of off-mountain fun like dog sledding and snowshoeing.
Telluride rivals and perhaps exceeds any mountain town in Colorado in terms of number of major festivals. Telluride Bluegrass, Film, Mushroom, Yoga, Wine, Blues & Brews and Balloon Festivals are just the tip of the event iceberg. Plus, there is amazing scenery, outdoor activities galore, and ramped-up air service this winter connecting Montrose Regional Airport, which serves Telluride with nonstop flights from 10 metropolitan airports and nine major U.S. hubs.
Nature and man collaborated to create the ideal meeting spot in Glenwood Springs. This robust and friendly community is snugged into the Roaring Fork Valley, where two rivers—the Colorado and Roaring Fork—meet. It’s surrounded by snowcapped peaks and is ideally situated between the famous ski towns of Aspen and Vail. Getting there is easy. Visitors can either drive a scenic three hours from Denver or fly into their choice of four nearby airports.
The new exterior of Broadmoor West // Tasty cuisine at The Broadmoor’s new Ristorante del Lago // Enjoying the Dale Chihuly exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens
My favorite things about small group meetings are getting to know the others in attendance very quickly and enjoying unique activities that might not work for larger gatherings. Five journalists from around Colorado and the U.S. had the chance to explore Telluride recently, staying at Hotel Madeline in Mountain Village and dining at both on-site restaurants, SMAK Bar and REV.