portions of a mountain scene that together create a large mural that can be
brought back to the office for display in a
“No artistic talent is necessary as art
teachers walk teams through each step,”
Groups convening here during spring
are also encouraged to disconnect from
e-mail and other tech addictions during
a meditative waterborne experience with
Gore Creek Fly Fishermen.
While spring is a lovely time of year,
and wintertime meetings in Vail are “like
nothing on Earth,” according to Dixon,
summer is “Colorado’s best-kept secret.”
“Summer offers the same luxury and
charm as winter but at more affordable
rates than most cities, opening the door
for companies to easily host internal sales
or plan meetings in an unparalleled inspi-
rational setting,” she said.
There is added excitement this summer, as the new Epic Discovery program
debuted on Vail Mountain.
This action-packed program offers
groups Vail’s first zipline tour, which
includes seven segments of adventure
through the resort’s famed Game Creek
Bowl, ropes challenge courses and other
For groups who can’t decide what to
pursue, the Epic Discovery Ultimate Adventure Pass has special group pricing and
includes unlimited, all-day access to an
array of activities, including the mountain
coaster, ropes courses, tubing hills and a
“All this adventure is sure to make a
group hungry,” Dixon said. “Top off the
experience with a gourmet mountaintop
meal at Vail’s famed Game Creek Restaurant or casual Western fare barbecue at
Springtime kicks off Breckenridge’s most
popular conference season, which peaks
in late June and continues through much
of October, according to Stacy Long, national sales manager for the Breckenridge
“Our groups benefit from lower room
rates than in the winter months, allowing
extra money in their budgets for team-
building and activities, or simply to meet
their bottom line,” she said.
A group favorite during spring is an
outing with Breckenridge Tours, which fa-
cilitates ghost tours and English tea tours.
“These tours are known to end in a
swinging saloon for a cold drink or a hot
cup of tea in a historic tea house,” Long said.
Fly-fishing via the Orvis-endorsed
Breckenridge Outfitters is another standout
option during spring, as the full-service
fly shop offers a recently expanded retail
space, rentals and a variety of guided trips.
Since Breckenridge is situated within
easy distance of five rivers, rafting is also
popular when the snow melts. Local com-
panies can tailor group outings depending
on desired adventure levels, including
oar-captained rafts, inflatable kayaks or
For a liquid adventure of another kind,
stop by Breckenridge Distillery, which
offers groups a VIP tour during which
attendees taste a variety of spirits and get
a behind-the-scenes look at production.
New this summer at the distillery is an
event space and kitchen that will work to-
gether to host private tastings and various
At Your Pace Freestyle Cycling Adventures
also has something new on tap this summer.
“Sample favorites and seasonal taps
from Breckenridge Brewery, Broken Com-
pass Brewing and more,” Long said. “It’s
a chance to explore the best in Colorado
brews via the countywide paved bike path,
and planners are invited to customize
tours to suit their groups’ interests.”
At the end of a summer day, groups will
enjoy a progressive arts walk/reception
during which attendees can browse a vari-
ety of gallery exhibits and taste a different
dessert at each location, including unique
venues such as Fuqua Livery Stable, Bar-
ney Ford House Museum and Tin Shop.
“Resident artists are on hand at each
stop to discuss the work and lead make-and-take art projects,” Long said. “
Planners can tailor the reception to their
needs with a variety of catering options—
EPIC DISCOVERY FOREST FLYER, VAIL MOUNTAIN
Latest + Greatest
➜ Epic Discovery (www.epicdiscovery.
com) debuted at Vail this summer with
group experiences that include a zipline
canopy tour, ropes challenge courses,
the Forest Flyer alpine coaster and a
wildlife exploration trail.
➜ Epic Discovery ( www.epicdiscovery.com)
is also scheduled to open in Breckenridge in summer 2017.
➜ After nearly a full year of renovations,
The Historic Brown Hotel and Restau-
rant ( http://historicbrown.com) returned
this year with regularly scheduled live
music and updated spaces for hosting
events. Formerly a hotel, the restored
bar features wood reused from the
1860s-era barn that once stood on the
property, and at press time, a deck was
expected to open last month.
➜ The Avon, Colo.-based Westin Riverfront
Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain
announced in January that it completed
more than $3 million in renovations, including the addition of a new relaxation
room at Spa Anjali and a major revamp
of all public corridors and its 230 guest
rooms. Additionally, in March the resort
started offering AIReal Yoga, the only
aerial yoga program in the Vail Valley,
which has become popular for groups of
up to 14 people.
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