Many business negotiations happen on a golf course, but what about the mountains? Entrepreneurs, CEOs, business owners and corporate leaders alike often struggle to find a work life balance. One way to live and work is to find a beautiful balance between the two - working mountainside.
Whether you want to hit the slopes during the working week, spoil your clients or prospects, plan a team building ski trip or organise a corporate event - here’s a list of the best places to ski and do business. So, you can hit those targets and hit the slopes on the same day. We’ve also added some outerwear design inspiration for each location to help you keep warm and stylish for your ski business trip.
An up and coming area popular for a long ski season (until mid-May) with good snow coverage throughout, but also home to a modern workspaces like ‘Coworking Bansko’. Self proclaimed as a ‘home for digital nomads, freelancers and entrepreneurs’, this coworking office can be found at the base of the Pirin Mountains in southwest Bulgaria. Just a short walk to Bansko ski resort, it’s the perfect spot to get your work done and enjoy your downtime in between meetings. In addition to flexible memberships, they also arrange full package deals including accommodation and flights. Snow Pearl also offer apartments and office space for digital nomads in the area with facilities that include a sauna, hot tub, barbecue area and table tennis - sounds good to us.
If entertaining business associates is a must and you want to experience the Bulgarian culture or après-ski life, there are hundreds of bars, clubs and traditional restaurants or ‘mehanas’. There’s also no need to perfect your Bulgarian as the majority of staff are welcoming and will be keen to speak English.
49Winters outerwear design inspiration for Bansko
The metallic Smoke Boxy Down and trim.
Mammoth Mountain, California
Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort has the highest summit elevation in the state of California at 11,053 ft. It also has one of the longest ski seasons in the state, sometimes reaching as far as July and August. A great opportunity for business folk to enjoy a spot of Skiing later in the year but also do some business with US associates in an adventurous and inspiring setting. Coworking space The Fort is in the main lodge at Mammoth Mountain in the Sierra Nevadas. You will be able to get your head down when you need to and be just steps away from the ski lifts in the winter. The resort also operates a second coworking space off-mountain in downtown Mammoth Lakes.
If you have bigger plans to organise a corporate event, ceremony or large company meeting the Mammoth Mountain resort also has a range of venue options. Including intimate cabin The Mill Cafe, The Mountainside Conference Center with panoramic views of the slopes and rustic lodge Mammoth Mountain Inn. For those that want to venture outside and explore, there are restaurants, bars and a buzzing nightlife in the town of Mammoth Lakes and Lake Tahoe is also just a few hours away.
49Winters outerwear design inspiration for Mammoth Mountain
The Lapis Blue Down jacket with the Navy Mid parka, complete with Lapis Blue hood trim.
There is no doubt that the fantastic terrain and expensive hot spots in Verbier in Switzerland make it one of the most popular ski resorts in the world. This makes it a great location if you want to impress clients or prospects with expensive taste or represent a high end brand in an appropriate setting. To help you cement that good impression, you could pitch up at coworking space and business lounge Mountain Hub.
Located in the Swiss alpine village of Verbier you will be able to get your work done while enjoying views of the Matterhorn. Struggling to find inspiration? Well, you can take a break and experience world-class skiing or walk to the cascading waterfalls. If team building is on your itinerary or you want a unique way to break the ice with business associates, you could also try the local escape room. If you have bigger plans for an event or corporate gathering, The Marriott hotel ‘W Verbier’ also has 127 guest rooms and 3 meeting rooms.
49Winters outerwear design inspiration for Verbier
The high-mountain town of Chamonix or Cham’ as its known, is a destination where adventurers come together from every corner of the world. The resort lives in the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy at the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps. Making it the perfect location for business travelers who also love skiing and will enjoy the legends and ethics of the area.
Coworking space The Ski Locker is in the heart of the French Alps with the highest peak at its doorstep. Another functional space ‘bathed in natural light’ is Mont Blanc Basecamp. Located just a short drive away at Les Houches opposite the Mont Blanc mountain range. On their website one of their coworking members, Investment Banker and Entrepreneur Max, said:
"An ideal balance between work, life, sports and outdoor activities. Excellent location, at the foot of the Mont-Blanc offering endless skiing options. MBBC facilities are outstanding, comfortable and friendly with an unbeatable outside environment, the building fits perfectly well with the valley. "
If finding a balance between business and pleasure doesn’t come easy, here you won’t be able to escape the lure of the terrain with 4,810 metres (15,781 ft) of rock, snow, ice and dreams of things to come.
49Winters outerwear design inspiration for Chamonix, France
The Moonstone Boxy Down as modelled here by Top 10 Fashion Blogger Cosmopolitan Awards, Christina Hauck:
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, California
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are two destinations but collectively known as one of the largest ski resorts in the US. It’s also a popular with residents from tech capital of the US Silicon Valley, which makes it a great spot for meetings with tech leaders and investors.
Beyond taking to the slopes, the stunning surroundings also set the scene for an inspirational work environment. Coworking space Tahoe Mill is situated just outside the resort in a former ski shop. The open concept space has an abundance of natural light with its floor to ceiling windows and scenic views overlooking the Sierra and Lake Tahoe.
If you’re planning a large corporate event or meeting there are spacious conference facilities at the base of the ski resort. Key Benefits to hosting your meeting or event at Squaw Valley include:
- 40,000 square feet of customisable space
- State of the art visual / audio equipment
- Floor-to-ceiling windows
An annual average of 450 inches of snowfall grants Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows one of the longest snowboard and ski seasons in Lake Tahoe. However, 300 days of sunshine also means you’re free to work inside or out.
49Winters outerwear design inspiration for Squaw Valley
The Forest Green Mid Parka with the Jalapeno Boxy Down.
Who says you can’t ski and do business?
There you have it. If you’re an adventure seeker at heart, why stay cooped up in your city office when you can get your work done mountainside and hit the slopes when you’ve hit a wall on your latest project. If that doesn’t inspire the next big idea, we don’t know what will.
Incidentally, while all of our outerwear can be adapted for all seasons, the long ski seasons at these locations also gives you the perfect excuse to enjoy the benefits of the full 49Winters three-part system. So, you can stay warm, stay adventurous and stay on top of your work in one fell swoop on the slopes.