Luxury Ski Resorts....With a Tropical Twist

Zao Onsen Ski ResortFor corporate groups with a mixture of ski buffs and armchair athletes, finding a resort that hits the mark for everyone can be challenging. We've combed the Internet for a couple of examples that show it can be done.

Zao Onsen Ski Resort (Japan)

Guests can sooth sore muscles basking in the healing waters of an outdoor onsen or private indoor wooden baths fed by the sulfuric hot springs.

With 3 cable cars to whisk guests to 15 slopes and 12 courses, skiers from novice to expert will have quick access to skiing, snowboarding and all that Zao Onsen Ski Resort has to offer. Once they are on the slopes, 4 gondolas, and 35 chair lifts make it easy for guests to get from one area to another.

Ski in/ski out access is available at Chikusenso Mt Zao Resort & Spa, Kokusai Zao Kogen, and Tohoku Zao Onsen Hotel.

Avoriaz 1800 (France)

Avoriaz is a ski resort in France's Portes du Soleil. With 650 kilometers of alpine ski slopes. Avid skiers can enjoy downhill, freestyle and backcountry skiing. From the fast action of ski cross to "The Stash," a snowpark design that was created in California, and the children's village, this family-friendly resort will appeal to snow bunnies of all ages. Dogsledding, snowshoeing, and horse-drawn carriage rides are available.

Avoriaz has a variety of options for accommodation, including chalets and apartments, self-catering apartments and 3 resorts including Club Med Avoriaz, sixties themed Hotel des Dromonts, and Hotel Neige et Roc.

Aquariaz Le Village Igloo Morzine-Avoriaz has overnight accommodation shaped out of snow and an ice bar for cocktails and dinner.

When it's time for apres-ski relaxation, guests can select from 3 spas: Deep Nature Spa!, Pure Altitude Spa and Avoriaz Spa at Hotel des Dromonts.

The tropical twist? Aquariaz, a glass enclosed, in indoor waterpark with lush, tropical vegetation delivers breathtaking views of the snow covered French Alps.

There is a lazy river, slidewinder, and an aquatic halfpike. The open-air spa is maintained at a temperature of 34˚C.

For other unique winter event venues, also read Corporate Event and Meeting Venues: 9 Indoor Rainforests, New Luxury Ski Resorts Expand Winter Meeting Options, Corporate Event Venues: Luxury Igloos, and Corporate Event Venues: Igloo Villages II.

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