The Anatomy of the Best Company Retreat in Montana
TOMIS, a tech company local to Missoula, shares their experience team building on a Montana corporate retreat with Glacier Raft Co!
With the hard work and stress that compliments a job in the tech industry, we knew we needed a break. We were looking for the best company retreat ideas in Western Montana, and it turns out the best Montana company retreat option was right in front of us. One of our first clients, Glacier Raft Company, the longest running rafting outfitter in Montana, recently added a new, 185-acre Glacier National Park vacation rental and guest ranch. It was an obvious choice for West Glacier lodging and as a result, it made planning our company outing in Montana that much easier. The accommodations, location and endless outdoor activity options available were the key ingredients that made team building on our Montana company retreat with Glacier Raft Company such an amazing experience.
With a rapidly growing team of thirty employees, the shared excitement upon arriving to the new Glacier Homestead was palpable. Sitting on 185 pristine acres just miles from the West Entrance to Glacier National Park, the location could not have been better. Whether you are coming from Missoula, Bozeman, Spokane, Calgary or other cities in the region, the Glacier Homestead really is one-of-a-kind. The property consists of the main lodge, 3 bedroom cabin, 2 bedroom cabin and a small bunkhouse. From the fire pits to the running and biking trails, wildlife viewing on site to the amount of open space for activities, the property is ideal for any company looking for more than your typical retreat — this place exemplifies Big Sky Country.
Glacier National Park Activities At Our Doorstep
With our cabin’s prime real estate only a few minutes from the West Glacier entrance, the activities in our proximity were seemingly endless. On Saturday the team braved the ultra-competitive parking in Glacier to make it to the Avalanche Lake trailhead. The hike was absolutely stunning, with flowing rivers and a trail through the woods leading us to the famous Avalanche Lake beach. On Sunday, we took a rafting trip on the Flathead River with Glacier Raft Company. It was quite the adrenaline boost with chilly water beneath our raft and thrilling rapids. Our guides were very informative about the area. Loading up the yellow rafts and paddling down the river together was an ideal team building activity. Another adventurous option for those more aerial than aquatic is to visit Glacier Highline. They offer zip lines, ropes courses, and climbing walls to groups without an aversion of heights (or those willing to face those fears at least).
Some took mountain bikes or went for a long jog to explore the extensive trails surrounding the property, while back at the Lodge, we played volleyball in the picturesque yard while others laid in the hammock to read. After the sun went down, we cozied up in the spacious main rooms to play various card games. Relaxing together outside of the office setting helped to strengthen our team into a much more cohesive (and productive) unit.
Food & Beverage Guide
One key ingredient to a spectacular company retreat is the food and drinks we share. When we arrived on Friday night we started up the BBQs on site. A scenic walk down the street from the lodge is Glacier Distillery, where some enjoyed particularly spicy and delicious Bloody Marys. After an excellent morning of rafting, the team stopped at La Casita on the ride home, an authentic Mexican restaurant right off the highway heading East out of West Glacier.
Summary Of Our Company Retreat
Between staying at a beautiful lodge, participating in the best activities the area has to offer, and discovering some good eats, our retreat was more than perfect. We all share similar passions for travel, technology, and our home of Montana. We explore together, work together, and are building an incredible company together.
Needless to say, we will be back in 2019 for our second annual company retreat with Glacier Raft Company!