Steamboat Springs, Colo.
In the winter, yelling
“Schuss!” to a meeting attendee doesn’t mean, “Turn off your cell
phone!” It means, “Let’s hit the slopes!” Luckily for groups,
mountain towns around North America have been sprucing up and
adding on, just in time for the first snowfall. The following is a
rundown of what’s new and/or in the pipeline at some of this
continent’s largest ski resorts.
The first designated resort
municipality in Canada, Whistler offers a range of accommodations,
including 115 hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and condo properties.
Several of these either have sprung up recently or undergone
Opened in August 2005, the Pan
Pacific Whistler Village Centre offers 83 guest rooms with
high-speed Internet access, a pool, a spa, fitness and business
centers, and about 900 square feet of meeting space. (604)
In September 2005, the Sundial
Hotel introduced a 580-square-foot meeting room. The
49-suite, ski-in/ski-out hotel also offers a rooftop hot tub and
spa. (800) 661-2321; www.sundialhotel.com
The Crystal Lodge
completed a project in October 2005, adding a boardroom that seats
14 and a business center, as well as renovating the fitness room.
Twenty-two new deluxe rooms and suites also were built to better
accommodate group business, giving the hotel a total of 159 rooms.
In addition to the new Crystal Boardroom, the Olympic Room offers
793 square feet of meeting space. (604) 932-2221; www.crystal-lodge.com
The Adara, which
opened in early 2006, is a boutique hotel offering 41 rooms with
“floating” fireplaces that are built into custom-designed cabinets,
flat-screen TVs, patios and walk-in showers. (604) 905-4009; www.adarahotel.com
The 287-room Hilton Whistler
Resort & Spa, formerly the Delta Whistler Resort, has
refurbished the exterior, improved the lobby, redesigned
food-and-beverage outlets, and added a new spa and an outdoor
courtyard with space for events. The Hilton has 10,000 square feet
of meeting space. (604) 932-1982; www.hilton.com
Finally, The Nita Lake
Lodge, a boutique hotel opening in April 2007, will
feature 77 suites, a full-service spa and 4,000 square feet of
meeting space. (604) 333-6030; www.nitalake.com