Planning meetings and corporate events at ski resorts is an excellent idea for a variety of reasons. The most obvious reason – of course – is the delight that will exude from your attendees when they find out their next business trip is to the top of a mountain with their skis or snowboard. Additionally, meeting and travel planners will find that there are some exceptional deals to be had if you do a little online research to find the best group travel deals for ski resorts. However, one of the biggest benefits that may not be quite as apparent in the planning process is the excellent networking opportunities that come with meeting at a ski resort.
When not in meetings, attendees will have the opportunity to hit the slopes, hang out in the resort’s lounge, cross-country ski, snowshoe or even take their family sledding, if they have come along as well. All of these activities provide the perfect environment for networking while on the ski lift, trekking through the forest or sharing the sledding hill. If your group is smaller than 20, you may also consider opting for a private vacation rental near or in the ski resort, which can save money on lodgings and provide a more intimate networking environment.
There are plenty of cost-effective ski destinations within the U.S. and Canada, as well as a plethora of options overseas. Also, keep in mind that the Southern Hemisphere experiences winter during our summer, allowing you to plan a meet and ski event in the middle of the summer by opting for New Zealand, Chile or other options to the south.