by Bryan Darrow | December 01, 2006

Steamboat Springs, Colorado


Slope setting:
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.


Whistler, British Columbia

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 significant renovations.

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) 966-5500;

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;