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Above: Guest room at Ventana Big Sur, An Alila Resort
Snowbird Ski Resort offers a slopeside village for shopping and
entertainment, a conference center and North America's only ski tunnel.
ski-in, ski-out distillery (High West Distillery & Saloon), to dabble
with one of the largest collection of genealogy records in the US
at the Family History Library or to marvel at the majestic Great
Salt Lake. 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. MPI
organized an event in Library Square that had one dance troupe
performing on the side of a glass building, while the Foothills Cultural
District offers a variety of creative venues for events, including Red
Butte Gardens and Natural History Museum.
Twenty minutes south of Salt Lake on 1,200 acres in Big
Cottonwood Canyon, groups can experience a gourmet dinearound (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 Wasatchinspired fare, along with an improved on-mountain experience.
They also partnered with Bohemian Brewery for the creation of
the solitude brewski mountain lager, considered a "must-try" at
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the resort. And when your groups are not swooshing down the
mountain or immersed in mountainside brainstorming sessions,
they may find biking, hiking and disc golfing (or Frisbee golf) to be
welcome and enticing diversions.
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. Oddly
enough, the world's largest privately held collection of oriental rugs
can also be found here, and groups can piggyback on year-round
events-brewfests to mud runs to wine pairing classes-or
test their endurance on a mountain biking adventure along the
manmade Snowbird's Big Mountain Trail.
The biggest news by far coming out of Monterey is the reopening of the
Monterey Conference Center in the city's historic downtown following