Remote work has become the norm the last couple years, especially as many companies continue to encourage staying home during these uncertain times. The biggest benefit of being remote, of course, is being able to work from pretty much anywhere—as long as you have a good internet connection. If you’re getting tired of the same old background on your conference calls, then maybe it’s time for a change of scenery. One of the best places to work remotely is the mountains. Ski resorts all over the country offer comfortable work environments, making it easy to enjoy both work and play. Spend the morning crafting emails and taking Zoom calls, then take the afternoon to glide down the slopes. Or vice versa. Whatever workflow jives best with your productivity.
If you’re craving a little outdoor adventure, but can’t completely log off from work, no problem. Ikon Pass destinations provide the perfect setting for ski/work trips, so you can get the most out of your season without completely unplugging from the office.
Where Can You Work Remotely?
Anywhere that has good WiFi. Most ski lodges and rental properties are equipped with free wireless internet, as well as cozy rooms with comfy couches, over-sized desks, and warm fireplaces. Lodge common areas are another great place to work, especially if your room holds too many distractions. They often offer a computer or an onsite media center where you can print documents. Plus, some lodges put out complimentary drinks and snacks in the afternoon, a nice treat for all that hard work (or snow action).
If you need something a little more office-like to maintain your focus, co-working spaces can be found in nearby towns. Check out The Fort located in Mammoth Lakes, just a short drive from Mammoth Mountain. Or Starterhaus, nestled inside Gravity Haus in downtown Winter Park, complete with conference rooms, shared offices, printers, and steeped coffee. Plus, it’s dog friendly if you plan to bring your furry family members along. If you opt for a co-working space, be sure to plan, as many require you to either book ahead of time or purchase a membership.
Benefits of Remote Work in the Mountains
Other than the chairlift being your only commute, there are plenty of other reasons to book a “workation” at a ski resort. Many Ikon Pass Destinations offer midweek lodging deals to help you save money. For East Coasters, Stratton features a Midweek Getaway package where guests can save up to 50% when they stay two or three nights anytime Sunday through Thursday. On the West Coast, Palisades Tahoe’s Stay and Ski package provides a 25% discount on midweek lodging, along with discounted lift tickets (if you need them). Several resorts, such as Snowshoe or Sugarbush, offer a fourth or fifth night free, or at a discount, for anyone who extends their stay. And if you’re an Ikon Pass holder, be sure to check for any lodging deals—most destinations offer a reduced rate.
On top of the great lodging deals, remote workers can enjoy fewer crowds, as midweek visitation tends to be lower compared to the weekends. In addition, if you have a heavy meeting day or lots of work, it’s still easy to get in a few evening laps when you’re walking distance from the lifts – at locations that offer night skiing.
Nearby Amenities and Activities
Ski resorts provide a plethora of services and amenities that make it super convenient to work remote from the base. Many lodges feature rooms with kitchenettes or full kitchens for quick meal prep and bottomless coffee. Head to a small grocery or convenience store to pick up the necessities for your stay, many resorts have these right in the village. Other mountain amenities could include ATMS, free shuttle services, medical facilities, post offices, and more.
When you’re ready for a break, you can enjoy great alpine dining and après in the resort villages or nearby towns. Take a relaxing soak in a heated pool or hot tub, many of which are just a step out of the lodge lobbies. Pick up a souvenir or two at one of the boutiques or gear shops. Check out the local event calendar to see what’s going on throughout your stay. Many resorts offer everything from morning yoga to sunset drinks to live music. And the list of off-slope activities is endless, including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, tubing, and much more. You can even enjoy an hour or two at the spa working out the office tensions during a relaxing massage or facial.
Remote work doesn’t have to be limited to the home office. Take this newfound freedom and venture to new places. Combining work and skiing in one trip is the perfect way to experience a new destination, while also maximizing your winter adventures. If you need help planning your remote work and ski trip, check out Ikon Pass Travel, a new service just for Ikon Pass holders that allows you to shop and build a customized itinerary all in one place. Plus, you can work with travel specialists who can assist every step of the way.