by Leo Jakobson | September 05, 2017
As the month in which summer turns into fall, September is the season when skiers begin to get that far-off look in their eyes and start planning when and where they are going to get out on the slopes. And if they can combine that vacation with a work meeting or event in a Rocky Mountain resort, so much the better.
Stretching from Canada though New Mexico, the Rocky Mountains include some of the best and best-known ski destinations in the world, including Banff and Whistler in Canada; Park City, UT; Aspen and Vail in Colorado; and Jackson Hole, WY, among many others. Stunning views and high-end resorts abound.

Widely considered one of the most beautiful spots in North America, Banff and nearby Lake Louise are in the heart of Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. New in Banff this year is the Moose Hotel and Suites, which offers 174 guest rooms, 2,750 square feet of meeting space, and amenities including an indoor pool and pair of rooftop hot tubs with Rocky Mountain views.

Down in Park City, UT, the Grand Summit Hotel, a RockResort, in Canyons Village completed a $15 million renovation this summer, redoing the ski-in/ski-out luxury property's 212 suites, its lobby and spa, and its 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space. It is located in the Park City Mountain Resort.

This property is part of the Vail Resorts family, which owns 45 resorts around the world, including Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge Ski Resort, and Keystone in Colorado; as well as a number of other, non-Rockies ski resorts including Stowe Mountain in Vermont, and Northstar and Heavenly near Lake Tahoe, which all accept the company's Epic season ski pass.

Another newly updated Colorado resort is The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park, on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, about 65 miles from Denver. Formerly the Rocky Mountain Park Inn, the 147-room property reopened this spring after closing for a six-month, $6 million renovation. It has 10,330 square feet of meeting space and is connected to the Estes Park Conference Center, which has another 20,000 square feet. It is located about a half mile from the 33,000-square-foot Estes Park Events Complex.

The town of Vail is also getting a new Starwood Luxury Collection Resort, the 285-room, ski-in/ski-out Hotel Talisa, formerly the Vail Cascade Resort. Amenities will include an indoor/outdoor spa, three restaurants, and more than 40,000 square feet of event space.

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This article appears in the September 2017 issue of Successful Meetings.