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New coworking alliance helps skiers balance work and play

Brandon Evans
bevans@summitdaily.com

One of the secrets to a happy life might be figuring out how to combine the right amount of work and play.

The sudden proliferation of coworking spaces at ski destinations can definitely help people achieve such a blissful balance. More than half a dozen coworking spaces have opened in the last year in mountain ski destinations ranging from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to Lake Tahoe to Avon to Frisco.

Ski resort companies have already created season passes allowing skiers and snowboarders to visit and enjoy multiple mountain resorts in the same year. Now, a new group called the Mountain Coworking Alliance has created its own version of a season pass at these mountain coworking locations. The latest of these coworking spaces is Elevate Cospace in Frisco. It's slated to open Oct. 1.

"Elevate helped to create this new Mountain Coworking Alliance with the goal of creating a network of these mountain-town workspaces to offer our coworking members reciprocal days (and to share best practices with the group)," said Amy Kemp, one of the three founders of Elevate Cospace in Frisco. "It's essentially a season pass for work. And we believe the coworking alliance pass will allow skiers and riders to do what they love and still have a real job."

Members of any of the seven coworking spaces included will receive two free days at any of the other participating spaces, including Elevate, Base Camp in Avon, RiverCoWorks in Basalt, Durango Workspace in Durango, Spark Jackson Hole in Jackson Hole, and Tahoe Mill Collective in North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Mountain Lab in South Lake Tahoe.

"Mountain town coworking spaces are a gathering place for people united by the belief than an inspiring place helps us do our most inspiring work," said Megan Beck, co-founder of the Jackson Hole coworking space.

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Coworking spaces offer startups, entrepreneurs, business owners, students, corporate workers and vacationers a flexible and affordable place to work and gather in a collaborative environment. The first coworking space in America opened in San Francisco in 2005.