by Sarah J.F. Braley | January 01, 2014

For those in the know, one of the true joys of winter is the physical and mental pleasure of skiing down a mountain or across a field of snow. To be able to combine the business imperatives of a meeting with this invigorating pastime is to be a lucky attendee, indeed.

The following properties all have easy access to the slopes and plenty of meeting space, perfect for great gatherings and winter adventures. (Plus, there's plenty to do at these resorts in the summer, too.)

  • panpacific
    Veteran skiers know that sampling the storied slopes of Whistler in British Columbia is a must. From the 121-room Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside, above, guests easily hop onto a gondola to disappear into the piles of glorious powder. The hotel's restaurant, the Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub with its patio, keeps with the spirit of fun endemic to all ski areas. The property is best for intimate groups of up to 40, offering two small meeting rooms.
  • viceroy
    Aspen, Colo., is the marquee name, but it actually encompasses the Ajax, Aspen, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass mountains, a combined 5,500 acres for which skiers can purchase an interchangeable lift ticket. The largest outcropping is Snowmass -- the annexation of Burnt Mountain added another 230 acres this season -- for which the 173-room, all-suite Viceroy Snowmass, above, constitutes a luxury home base. The on-site 7,000-square-foot spa offers Ute Indian-inspired treatments, and the restaurant, Eight K (a reference to the altitude), features fireside dining. The 5,600-square-foot ballroom, part of a total of 9,000 square feet of meeting space, looks out over the Roaring Fork Valley.
  • jacksonhole
    Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, a wild and wonderful outback of Wyoming in the Grand Tetons, was voted the number one overall resort by Ski Magazine readers this year. The 156-room Four Seasons Jackson Hole, above, offers easy access to challenging terrain while welcoming groups to its 8,000 square feet of mountain-inspired meeting space. (The 3,900-square-foot ballroom comes complete with a fireplace.) When relaxation is on the agenda, the hotel's 12,000-square-foot spa features 16 treatment rooms.
  • alyeska
    Forbes magazine ranks the Alyeska Resort in Alaska among the top U.S. ski resorts for 2014. Only about 40 miles from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, the 304-room hotel has 9,000 square feet of meeting space plus 15,000 square feet of event space. Skiers climb into a 60-person tram that whisks them to the top of the property's namesake mountain. (Nonskiers can take the tram, too, to take in the vistas and dine at the Seven Glaciers restaurant.) Those propelling down enjoy incredible views of the Girdwood Valley and the Turn­again Arm of the Cook Inlet.
  • stowe
    Carved into the side of Vermont's Mount Mansfield lies the Stowe Mountain Resort, at the foot of which sits the 312-room Stowe Mountain Lodge. Skiing and snowboarding are a blast here, best followed up by unwinding at the Hourglass bar or the fully equipped wellness center. The Solstice restaurant offers dishes concocted from the wares of local farmers and cheesemakers. The lodge offers 12,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, part of the more than 56,000 square feet available throughout the resort.
  • stregis
    After a day on the slopes, skiers staying at the 181-room St. Regis, Deer Valley, can relax in terraced outdoor hot tubs. Make a VIP happy by booking a ski day with Olympic medalist Shannon Bahrke. Other amenities include the 14,000-square-foot Remède Spa, the 13,000-bottle Wine Vault and butler service for all guests. Views of the Wasatch Mountains characterize the 7,500 square feet of indoor meeting space and 7,000 square feet of outdoor event space.
  • ritz
    Tucked into a Colorado valley not far from big sister Vail, Beaver Creek is slightly less crowded and just as diverse. Here, a dedicated chairlift takes guests to McCoy Park, a labyrinth of beautiful snowshoe/cross-country trails. One home base is the 180-room Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, which has just finished up a renovation that included the addition of the new Buffalos restaurant, featuring an open kitchen and a menu full of Colorado range fare. The new bar pours many of the state's fine microbrews, both bottled and on draught. For groups, the hotel offers 13,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 7,107-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Ballroom.