Jennifer Capistran, director of
sales, Granlibakken Tahoe,
Tahoe City, Calif.
◗ Experiential retreats. Not traditional
board-style meetings, but rather highly
experiential and individual experiences
are valued. Combining business and leisure as a part of a conference has become
more popular—with free time or activity
time intentionally built in throughout the
◗ Wellness. Many more wellness groups
are booking—from yoga teacher trainings
to fitness camps. Even groups that are
not directly associated with well-being
endeavors are incorporating wellness
activities into their agenda. There is also
a focus on healthy food as a part of this
trend. Groups want healthy, tasty meals
that can accommodate a wide variety of
dietary restrictions and requests.
◗ A focus on teamwork and collaboration.
Groups are focusing on building better interpersonal relationships between attendees, which can boost productivity. Time set
aside for group activities and teambuilding
exercises is popular. Many groups choose
to utilize nontraditional meeting spaces,
such as fire pits, outdoor seating areas and
even hiking trails as informal spaces where
attendees can get to know each other and
build stronger connections.
◗ Strategic planning meetings. Meetings
Carol E. Schmidt, senior manager,
that focus on strategic planning in a setting
without distractions. This is companies
working with consultants to implement
changes—from teambuilding to corporate
conference sales, Copper Mountain
Resort, Copper Mountain, Colo.
◗ Nontraditional Meeting Space. Planners
are selecting mountain meetings because
they want their attendees to get out of traditional meeting spaces. Instead of sitting
in a four-walled room with no natural light,
they are seeking to be as close to nature
as possible. They want their attendees to
move about outdoors and breathe the
◗ Soft adventure with new activity options.
Groups want to adapt a teambuilding program or activity to connect with the earth,
the mountains, the forests. Connecting
with nature, even for a small part of the day
during a lunch break, brings the attendee
back to the work session with a new perspective and reinvigorated energy.
◗ Incorporating the outdoors. We see most
conferences year–round incorporating part
of the day outdoors. Winter means hitting
the slopes, riding the Rocky Mountain
Coaster, tubing, ice skating or cross country skiing. Summer means hiking, riding
Amountain setting can take away the distractions of the office and city life and allow for a connection to nature, which often can spike productivity, creativity and collaboration.
Unplugging, bringing the meeting room outdoors and
creating new experiences seem to be on-trend for 2018,
according to four experts dialed in to mountain meetings.
COPPER MOUNTAIN RESORT BY KATE CRIPE
Experts share insights on trends
in mountain meetings in the West