The 2021/2022 ski season has not only brought some big storms early on, the opening of new and refreshed mountain town lodging properties also has welcomed winter. Copper Mountain is among the few, if not the only ski resort in Colorado, to welcome a new hotel and Element 29 is its first and only hotel. 

Lodging at Copper Mountain has always been condominium focused, so it’s nice to a see a new option located in Center Village, only a short walk away from retail, dining and outdoor fun. The four-story hotel benefits from big views of Copper Mountain and Sky Chutes and features 127 guest rooms and suites, an outdoor patio with fire pits and hot tubs, a hotel bar, in-house ski locker storage, and a fitness center with two Peloton bikes. 

Meeting and event space is nearby in the Copper Conference Center and around the base village. Attendees can literally step outside the conference center and be on the slopes for a few hours. That’s my kind of break!

 

Anyone who has spent much time in the meetings and events industry knows that the people involved tend to be a social bunch. That’s especially true for the industry associations with chapters in Colorado. It was hard to keep these crews contained during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s nice to see association gatherings back in action, ranging from happy hours and education sessions to annual galas. 

 

Visiting two additions to the downtown Denver lodging scene recently brought a smile to my face.

 

There are all sorts of happenings for meeting and event planners to plug groups into in Snowmass Village this summer, taking some of the pressure off building a memorable and effective agenda.