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When Working from Home Means Setting up Your Office at Snowmass

You settle down and open your laptop, a mug of steaming coffee nearby, to answer emails and maybe check on what the market’s doing. You look out the window and notice that a few skiers are already on the Village Express lift. That’s not the typical view from your office, or—these days—your house or apartment.

Welcome to remote working 2021, when most anywhere with a WiFi connection and cell-phone service can serve as an office. So why not base yourself out of Snowmass Village for a few weeks or more, where you can mix work with skiing, fresh air, and enough other activities to keep a family or other travel buddies happy?

With 90 percent of Snowmass’s lodging made up of condos—most of them slopeside—it’s easy to have enough room and enough privacy, when you need it, to set up a home office. Better yet, how about the ability to sneak in an early-morning ski through the First Tracks program before hitting that Zoom call? Your co-workers will wonder why you’re glowing.

With the appeal of a working vacation stronger than ever this season, many Snowmass properties are offering significant discounts for long-term stays. At the Crestwood, for example, which has one- to four-bedroom condos next to Snowmass Base Village, get 25% off stays of 10 nights or more through the end of March. Farther up Fanny Hill, the Timberline discounts stays of seven nights or more in its studio to three-bedroom condos by 25% through the end of April; the Edge Restaurant and Bar, known for its authentic German fare, is also on site.

Destination Residences, which oversees booking at multiple condos and homes throughout Snowmass Village, offers special discounts on stays of 14 nights or longer; its Work from Hyatt package, available at seven properties for stays of at least seven nights, includes a daily $25 food and drink credit at the highly rated Artisan restaurant (in the Stonebridge Inn) and 20% off ski and snowboard rentals. And lodge for more than 30 nights in Woodrun V’s two- to four-bedroom condos and you’ll receive a special rate, plus get all taxes waived.

Living area at Viceroy

Is a full-service hotel more your style? Book the Viceroy’s Work from Hotel package and enjoy a stay of 30 nights or longer in a residential suite—equipped with kitchen and laundry facilities—at a special rate that includes discounts on the resort fee, parking, and spa services, as well as a tax waiver. The Limelight Hotel Snowmass, in the heart of Snowmass Base Village, is running its Long Stay promo with discounts on lodging for 14 nights or longer; guests can also take advantage of exclusive adventures like the twice-weekly Inside Tracks mountain tour with a ski pro or joining the ski patrol for final sweep on the mountain each Monday afternoon.

Once you’ve setup lodging, you’ll want to sort through some other essentials in advance. Pitkin County, which includes Snowmass Village, requires all visitors to complete a traveler affidavit online; this entails testing negative for Covid-19 no more than 72 hours before arrival (anyone age 10 or up) or quarantining here for 10 days or until you obtain a negative test result.

Purchase lift tickets in advance online, then pick them up at special boxes at the base of the mountain by scanning the emailed QR code. 

Once you’re here, Covid free, it’s relatively easy to keep your family or group bubble intact. Ski-in/ski-out convenience means no shuttle rides or long walks to the slopes, and makes it easy to duck out for a run or two during a break—standing up to stretch and do a few shoulder rolls pales in comparison to a quick cruise down from the top of Sam’s Knob, are we right?

Getting out goes beyond the slopes, too. Hiking and snowshoeing trails are readily accessible from both the Snowmass Mall and Snowmass Base Village. And a network of regularly groomed Nordic trails are just a couple of miles away at the Snowmass golf course.

Capacity limits at on-mountain restaurants don’t matter as much when you can ski into your own private lodge (e.g., condo or hotel room) to warm up, grab some water, or enjoy a leisurely lunch. And with local dining spots offering expanded takeout menus this winter, it’s entirely up to you whether to cook or enjoy a meal made for you each evening.

For times when you might need additional professional services or even the use of a conference room, rent a desk or private office for a day, week, or even a month at Engage Coworking on the Snowmass Mall.

After you’ve put in a solid day of work, simply hanging fireside with the family at night, while watching movies or playing games (Exploding Kittens, anyone?) can be rejuvenating. And, of course, nothing beats the sight of fat, soft snowflakes piling up outside the window during a storm.

As for powder days … let’s just say you might need a new auto-reply: “OOO with 6 inches or more of snow.”

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