Team Building: Perfect Places for Winter Retreats (Some Will Surprise You)

Snow Polo

Winter team-building retreats with a survival theme open the door to explore a range of business issues:

  • surviving and thriving in a harsh climate
  • recovery
  • resourcefulness
  • re-charting your course
  • heading in a new direction
  • getting back on track
  • uncovering new markets for products and services

Integrated with expertly facilitated team-building exercises, there is no shortage of activities that can flesh out a winter theme to create a full blown business simulation with ample time for your business agenda items:

  • snow shoeing
  • dog sledding
  • broomball
  • ice hockey
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • cross country skiing
  • igloo or quinzhee building
  • winter camping
  • firestarter challenge
  • winter cooking
  • horse riding
  • sleigh rides
  • ice fishing
  • snow polo
  • off-roading in all-terrain vehicles
  • GPS challenges
  • orienteering

What makes a venue a treat for meetings planners organizing winter team building, business meetings or conferences? Spacious rooms, cozy fireplaces, large meeting venues, and huge picture windows to take in the view.

Just point your compass to the North South East or West to discover places around the world that are ideal for winter team building retreat. You'll find 5 Star hotels, luxury resorts and event venues in picturesque settings around the world. I've included just a few examples. Some of them will surprise even the most experienced event planners who have seen it all.


Lesotho, South Africa

Select from mountain chalets, lodges and apartments to enjoy a winter retreat in this unexpected environment.








Stowe, Vermont

Yes, it's run by the descendants of Maria Von Trapp, of Sound of Music Fame.

New Hampshire

Last week, I shared the fact that I used to go to camp near the Vermont and New Hampshire borders. One side of the lake was Quebec and across the lake was Vermont. Balsams would invite youth campers to be their guests for a day of water fun at the end of the summer. Balsams is also a great find for winter retreats for U.S. companies that don't want to go out of the country this year.


St. Moritz, Switzerland

The world is slowly thawing out from a frozen economic climate. Hosting your team building retreat or incentive travel in St. Moritz during snow polo season will definitely impress clients and team members.




Photo Credit: rwdownes


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