Work Where You Ski. Ski Where You Work: The Mountain Coworking Alliance Expands Internationally to France and Canada
The Ski Locker in Chamonix and Revelstoke Coworking in British Columbia Added to the Mountain Coworking Alliance
August 2015 – Coworking, innovation and entrepreneurship is on the rise in mountain towns around the world. To help skiers and snowboarders work and play in the mountains, 11 mountain-town coworking spaces, incubators and innovation centers have joined together to form the Mountain Coworking Alliance.
The Ski Locker in Chamonix, France and Revelstoke Coworking in Revelstoke, British Columbia in Canada, are the latest to the join the MCA, a collective of independently owned collaborative workspaces in mountain towns. Together, the MCA provides free reciprocal coworking days at member spaces near Jackson Hole, Vail, Aspen, North Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, Park City, Durango, Breckenridge, Reno and now Chamonix and Revelstoke.
“Coworking in a mountain town is the best of both worlds – it’s affordable and geared for entrepreneurs to work, meet and network. You can spend less money on rent and more on business or play time” says Jean-Marc La Flamme of Revelstoke Coworking.
The way people work is changing. And where they work is changing. It’s estimated that more than half of the workforce will work remotely by 2020.
Mountain town coworking spaces offer local startups, entrepreneurs, business owners, students and corporate workers plus vacationers a flexible and affordable place to work and gather in a collaborative environment.
“We have to work, but we want to ski, bike and run. This lets us do both” said Nicola Broom, co-founder of the Ski Locker in Chamonix, France. “We’re thrilled that Chamonix is part of the growing mountain coworking movement”.
The Mountain Coworking Alliance is supporting and catalyzing the future of work by offering their members the opportunity to travel, work and play in mountain towns around the world. Full-time members of MCA spaces are given two free days at each of the participating spaces, including:
Revelstoke Coworking in Revelstoke, Canada
Ski Locker in Chamonix, France
Tahoe Mill Collective in North Lake Tahoe (near Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley)
Tahoe Mountain Lab in South Lake Tahoe (near Heavenly)
The CUBE @ Midtown in Reno, Nevada
Spark Jackson Hole in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Assemble Park City in Park City, Utah
DurangoSpace in Durango, Colorado
RiverCoWorks in Basalt, Colorado (near Aspen/Snowmass)
Base Camp in Avon, Colorado (near Vail and Beaver Creek)
ELEVATE coSPACE in Frisco, Colorado (near Breckenridge, Keystone and Copper Mountain)
To take advantage of the two free reciprocal days, workers must have a membership at their home coworking space and must contact the visiting coworking space at least a week in advance to make arrangements and provide verification of membership. Space is offered pending availability.
The Mountain Coworking Alliance capitalizes on another trend – skiers and snowboarders who plan multiple trips within one ski season to different resorts. This has been driven, in part, by the popularity of affordable multi-resort season passes like the Mountain Collective and Epic Pass. The Mountain Coworking Alliance now provides flexible places to work with access to more than a dozen of the top-rated ski resorts in the world ranging from Chamonix to Aspen and from Revelstoke to Park City.
“Ski towns are now year-round destinations making the Mountain Coworking Alliance an excellent resource for our members and traveling visitors who are looking for coworking options in mountain towns” Jasper Welch, co-founder of DurangoSpace in Durango, Colo., which was one of the first mountain town coworking spaces.
The Mountain Coworking Alliance reciprocal program started last ski season and has expanded considerably since then. For more information about the program, contact the coworking spaces:
Nicola at The Ski Locker: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean-Marc at Revelstoke Coworking: email@example.com
Megan at Tahoe Mill Collective: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie at Tahoe Mountain Lab: email@example.com
Ky at The CUBE: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie at email@example.com
Megan at Spark Jackson Hole: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly at Assemble Park City: Kelly@assembleparkcity.com
Steve at RiverCoWorks: email@example.com
Jasper at DurangoSpace: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad or Doug at Base Camp: email@example.com
Amy at ELEVATE: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Amy Kemp, email@example.com or 970-331-7362
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Tahoe Mill Collective: Photo credit should go to JP Martin.
Spark Jackson Hole
The Ski Locker
Tahoe Mill Collective
Tahoe Mountain Labs
Spark Jackson Hole
Assemble Park City