Ski-In, Ski-Out Salt Lake City—Campfire Whiskey or Bourbon in Hand

ski-in, ski-out, Salt Lake City
The slopeside Village at Solitude; photo credit Austen Diamond Photography

Incentive groups have historically come to Salt Lake City for some of the best and most accessible skiing in the US.

Lately, a spin around the world’s only ski-in, ski-out distillery in nearby Park City’s High West Distillery & Saloon, a dabble with one of the largest collection of genealogy records in the US at the Family History Library or marveling at majestic Great Salt Lake are also high on the to-do. High West offers up to 200 attendees a tour of its working distillery before heading to the bar or perhaps an old horse stable for tastings. If this tickles your fancy, read on for more ideas in and around Salt Lake City.

Travel Back in Time

Place Heritage Park at the mouth of Emigration Canyon offers a glimpse of Utah’s early settlements, complete with demonstrations by leatherworkers, woodworkers, blacksmiths and yarn spinsters, and distinct venues for corporate events. The Foothills Cultural District offers a variety of venues for events, including Red Butte Gardens and the Natural History Museum.

Gourmet Dine-Arounds

Twenty minutes south of Salt Lake on 1,200 acres in Big Cottonwood Canyon, groups can experience a gourmet dine-around (10 options in all) without ever having to leave Solitude Mountain Resort and its four lodges. Recent renovations touched the Roundhouse restaurant, offering Himalayan and Wasatch-inspired fare, along with an improved on-mountain experience. They also partnered with Bohemian Brewery for the creation of the Solitude BrewSki Mountain Lager. When they’re not swooshing down the mountain in between meetings, groups may also enjoy biking, hiking or disc golfing (a.k.a. Frisbee golf), views included.

Slopeside Shopping & Other Endurance Activities

At the base of the former mining town of Alta in Little Cottonwood Canyon, another option beckons groups to the famously lightly powdered slopes. Snowbird Ski Resort, offers a slopeside village for shopping and entertainment, five accommodation options, a conference center, 11-story atrium and North America’s only ski tunnel—all spread over 4,700 acres. The world’s largest privately held collection of oriental rugs can also be found here. Groups can also piggyback on year-round events—brewfests to mud runs to wine pairing classes—or test their endurance on a mountain biking adventure along the man-made Snowbird’s Big Mountain Trail.

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