Local beer tastings, scavenger hunts via skis and exploring Breckenridge’s mining history are just a few of the ways groups visiting Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center can embrace the Colorado lifestyle.
The resort’s newly designed Base Nine Bar brings Colorado’s popular craft beer scene to the mountains, featuring eight Colorado craft brews on draft. As such, the resort created a craft beer program that can accommodate groups of almost any size, says Bruce Horii, director of sales and marketing for the resort.
Smaller groups looking for an intimate setting can rent out the private dining room for a sit-down dinner and guided tasting from one of the beer experts on staff. Groups can also rent out the Base Nine Bar itself for a self-guided beer and food pairing experience. A recent group, says Horii, wanted a less formal final banquet, so the bar had beer and food stations, allowing attendees to taste everything at their own pace. The bar can accommodate about 150 people; however, the resort can also host a beer-pairing event in one of its junior ballrooms.
“Craft beer has become such an attraction in Colorado that we wanted to highlight the local beers. We had to do a lot of research on the beers that we liked,” says Horii. “[At the recent event], people were very into it, even non-beer drinkers.”
Active groups, of course, will enjoy teambuilding activities on Breckenridge mountain. Horii says that the resort works with groups on GPS-tracking contests in which teams will be given different clues to find their way around the mountain either on foot in the summer or on skis in the winter. Less active groups can choose to participate in a similar scavenger hunt through the historic part of Breckenridge. Clues might be based on the city’s old mining history, or attendees may have to visit the oldest bar west of the Mississippi River (still active in Breckenridge), says Horii.
He adds that groups also participate in traditional, offsite teambuilding activities such as ropes courses and, in the summer, the ski mountain has a fun park with an alpine slide. One of his favorite offsites is Country Boy Mine, an authentic gold mine that encourages guests to tour the mine and pan for gold.
Beaver Run’s location, sandwiched between the mountain and the town, make it an easy place for groups to experience both, while still meeting in the all-under-one-roof 40,000 sf of meeting space. It features 515 slope-side accommodations, ranging from hotel rooms to studios to 1- and 2-bedroom condos.
“We really do try to have fun and take advantage of the Victorian town of Breckenridge while being active on the mountain,” says Horii. “Everybody will brag about their service, but we do it in a more fun, light-mannered way; we’re not a stuffy resort.”