A Slippery Slope

Ice-climbing wall a highlight at Vermont hotel

essexclimbNorthern Lights Rock and Ice, an indoor/outdoor venue at the 122-room Inn at Essex, near Burlington, Vt., in the Green Mountains, last year unveiled a year-round ice-climbing wall (using natural ice in winter and a faux-ice foam in summer) for adventurous team-builders.

Corporate groups of eight to 80 choose from packages that range from three hours to a day or more, teaching unity and confidence along with ice-axe and crampon techniques. (Disabled participants are accommodated, too.) A full-service spa opens at the property this spring.