Top Resorts for your next corporate Ski Getaway
A corporate ski getaway, whether used to incentivise and reward key players, build team spirit or entertain clients, is a great opportunity to get out of the office and enjoy a truly authentic alpine experience. The unfamiliar and simply stunning alpine setting offers the chance for employees and clients to detach from day to day routines, encouraging them to reflect within inspirational surroundings and enjoy an adventure of a lifetime. But with so many ski resorts offering various corporate packages, where do you start? We looked at five of the top Ski resorts for your next corporate event, to ensure that you and your guests get the most out of your experience.
It has been said that Kitzbuhel is the ‘St Tropez ‘of ski resorts. Reminiscent of scenes from “The Sound of Music” it offers a typically authentic Austrian atmosphere. Located only a stones throw away from Salzburg and Innsbruck airports with just a 60 minute flight it leaves you and your guests maximum time to explore the snowy slopes.
The Medieval walled city of Kitzbuhel is a historical place and creates a real focal point, with the village offering an array of superb hotels, restaurants and facilities to host corporate meetings. The popular Pavilion meeting place, allows groups to re-charge with beer steins and mulled wine; well deserved after a good day on the mountains.
When it comes to strengthening team dynamics, there is a multitude of activities on offer. With opportunities for groups to explore the 168km of slopes, freestyle in the snowboard park, and enjoy the breathtaking views. There are also plenty of opportunities for non-skiers to enjoy a railway ride through the mountains, explore the many winter wonderland walks, ice-skating and curling.
Nestled at the base of Mont Blanc, Chamonix of one of the oldest towns in the French Alps and with its easy access from Geneva airport is a great short trip destination for corporate getaways. With oodles of nightlife, skiing for all abilities and a million dollar views, it’s easy to see why this winter wonderland is such a popular destination. Having hosted the first Winter Olympics, Chamonix is bustling with year round activities to entertain corporate guests. Often referred to as a mountaineer’s paradise, there is no shortage of alternative outdoor activities, with an extensive ski tour, Nordic trail and winter paragliding.
The resort offers four different snow parks as well as a ski pass into Coumayer Resort, Italy and Megeve and Las Contamines, France for those wanting to explore further. Après Ski, the resort offers plenty of space to meet with your group, in one of the gourmet restaurant conference rooms, discuss the day and perhaps engage in a spot of team building on the ice rink or the toboggan run. In addition, two of Chamonix's best business hotels - Le Morgane and Les Aiglons offer fantastic facilities for larger corporate meetings. It can’t all be work based of course! Venture down to the large selection of bars and restaurants to enjoy a classic French fondue and later dance the night away to some energetic Oompah entertainment! Corporate gatherings will find Chamonix the perfect place for alpine breaks in both summer and winter.
Ski Cortina, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
The Italian gem of Cortina offers stunning mountain scenery, an excellent choice of restaurants and a chic town centre, making the resort an excellent choice for high-end corporate groups. Delivering a truly authentic ski experience, this stunning and dramatic winter resort is situated in the heart of the Dolomites. With no shortage of meeting places in Cortina there are an array of hotels offering first class facilities for conferences and meetings. Miramonti Majestic Hotel boasts an impressive 10 meeting rooms for corporate parties to hire, Mirage Hotel holds four large meeting rooms and hotel Domina Home Alaska also caters for all of your professional needs with a large meeting room and unlimited WiFi.
Many international ski events are held here as well as a variety of winter sports facilities. From bobsled races and on-snow horse shows, to a massive 750 miles of trails and nearly 50 different ski lifts to choose from, there is an extensive amount of terrain to explore with plenty of time of course to sit back, relax and soak up the atmosphere in one of the mountain top cafes. Off mountain, guests can wander down to Corso, which is a car-free street with a central piazza, a historical church and interesting Museum. The nightlife here is just as good and the upmarket town boasts an array of exclusive boutiques, restaurants, bars and nightclubs in which to entertain your clients and colleagues till the early hours!
St Moriz, Switzerland
As one of the most famous holiday resorts, St Moriz offers the very highest standard of services and a certain exclusivity that set it apart from many other ski resorts. Perfect for high end and VIP corporate trips, the resort has a prestigious reputation, first class hotels, great skiing, interesting activities for non-skiers, and great night life making it a perfect all round destination. The renowned Kulm Hotel is among the most beautiful hotels dedicated to providing an unforgettable experience for corporate parties. The impressive aura of this 150-year old luxury hotel and the spectacular mountain surroundings all help to provide just the right backdrop for seminars, conferences and incentive programmes. There are six conference rooms in total with capacities ranging from 50 to 500 people. All are designed for customizable use and equipped with the latest in seminar technology.
Home to “Ski Cool”, an international snow sports school where corporate gatherings can dabble in a range of winter sports, including Nordic ski, horse sledging trips into the valleys, snow safaris, off piste tours and more. It’s not all hard work though, with a wonderful range of cafes at the top of the slopes, you can sit back and take in the breathtaking scenery whilst enjoying a traditional Glühwein at the top of the mountain - careful not to overdo it though, you do need to get back down!
After swooshing back down the slopes, there is a myriad of entertainment options to enjoy in the evening; from casinos, informal bars, stylish nightclubs and relaxed café bars. Find the perfect spot and be entertained by traditional Swiss Folk Groups and perhaps even a spot of yodeling!
Garmisch Resort, Germany
Offering tailor made corporate ski packages, Garmisch Resort is a true hidden gem in Germany. Ideal for short breaks and ski weekends, the resort is only a short distance from Munich and Innsbruck and offers a truly superb Bavarian atmosphere.
During the day, there is an impressive 68 miles worth of cross country trails to enjoy as well as a cogwheel train to reach the resort’s awe-inspiring heights and glacial peaks. With tonnes of outdoor activities for your group to enjoy, Garmisch Resort offer guests a truly modern, yet authentic German experience.
Not forgetting that this is a corporate retreat, there is an abundance of meeting and conference rooms located in the resorts many hotels. Located only a stone’s throw away from the slopes, Dorint Sporthotel offers 8 large meeting rooms, the Grand Hotel Sonnerbichl has 6 meeting rooms and Riessersee Hotel Sport & Spa with an amazing 859 square ft of meeting space!
Brimming with traditional Bavarian accommodation, entertainment, beer gardens and restaurants, you will find it hard not to get lost in the experience! Situated in a large town brimming with après ski bars and restaurants, nightlife here is full of the traditional Bavarian atmosphere. With traditional folklore inspired dances, Oompah Bands and a whole lot of thigh slapping, it is just perfect for relaxing after a hard day of skiing!
Some ideas for your Alpine themed Event…
If a corporate getaway isn’t possible this year, then how about creating your own Alpine themed party with some of our authentic entertainment?
Set an icy atmosphere by hiring one of the UK's leading Ice Sculptures. Attracting attention and creating a memorable and ever so relevant focal point, the sculptures can also carve your company logo into their impressive creations.
A Winter Stilt Walker will bring the majestic beauty of winter to your event with her stunning crystal encrusted costume! Available to meet and greet guests and mingle at your event she is also provides a fabulous photo opportunity.
Talking of which, guests will need to smile for the camera when they take a seat on the Ski Lift Photo Booth! Mimicking the real thing with realistic snow, ski coats and goggles for guests to wear, it is perfect for your bespoke alpine themed event.
Helping to really set the scene the Photographic Snowglobe have already attracted worldwide appeal as the must have attraction of the winter season after appearing on Dragon's Den. The Snow Globe has been operated in high demand as a photo experience throughout the UK and Abroad.
And what better way to recreate a party atmosphere than with a traditional human tables! Bringing a taste of Austria to your party, our stunning mix and mingle human tables dressed in traditional Austrian outfits will supply Jaegar (or any other drink of choice!) to guests throughout the night.
For more inspiration talk to one of our entertainment coordinators firstname.lastname@example.org!