• Alpine Touring with Park Hyatt Beaver Creek's General Manager

    POSTED February 11, 2022

How many hotels can claim that their general manager will take guests out for a little morning skiing? At Park Hyatt Beaver Creek in Colorado, GM Herb Rackliff is connecting with early risers who are new to alpine touring or haven’t uphill skied at Beaver Creek on Wednesday mornings this ski season beginning in February 2022. 

For meeting planners with adventurers in their groups, inquire about signing them up for this unique experience, which requires alpine touring ski equipment and skins that are attached the bottom of the skis for going up and removed for making sweet turns on the way down. 

Participants can grab a coffee and snack at daybreak with Herb to get tips and the inside scoop on how best to make an ascent of Beaver Creek Resort before the ski area opens for the day. Timed correctly, once uphillers reach the top of the mountain, they can make a descent back to the slopeside property or to the base of one of the three lifts that sit right at the base of Beaver Creek Village. The experience is based on availability and conditions. 

It’s that time of year when groups are readying plans for holiday events, and employers are looking at how to celebrate their teams. In the fall 2022 issue of Colorado Meetings + Events, we looked at the state of holiday gatherings and found that they indeed are on the rebound. Some gatherings are going big after two years of not getting together or generally scaling back, while others are opting for in-office parties, small dinners, or community service projects. 


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