Samuel Krief 04.04.2024 Mountain Team Retreat

Surprise your teammates by organizing an innovative team building offsite for a few days in the mountains. It’s a new way to destress and strengthen the bonds among your company’s employees to get back to work on the right foot and become more productive. You can organize it over a weekend so as not to encroach on workdays.

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The benefits of a team building in the mountains

A team building is a fun event that brings people together. It can be an opportunity for team members to have a good time and make new friends. The benefits of team building are numerous, but one of the most important is that it creates a sense of cohesion in the workplace. That’s why it’s important for companies to occasionally organize such an event for their employees. It can serve to strengthen the bonds of existing employees or integrate new recruits into the team. For a team leader, organizing a team building can allow them to understand the different personalities of their team members and know their strengths and weaknesses. A key element of a successful event is having appropriate expectations for each person involved in order to take advantage of what they bring to the table. A trip to the mountains allows employees to escape the stressful environment of their workplace and break the daily routine a bit.

Top 10 Activities to Do in the Mountains

Snow Golf

Snow Golf is an activity still relatively unknown to the general public, yet it is a sport that originated in the late 1800s. Introducing this unconventional sport to your colleagues can be an intriguing idea for your mountain stay during your corporate retreat. It is an activity that is both physical and mental, as it requires technique and a good strategy. It’s a great way to see how each team member reacts when faced with a problem to solve on their own.

Ice fishing

Ice fishing is a popular outdoor activity that has been around for centuries. Forming an ice fishing team is an activity that helps individuals bond with one another while working towards a common goal: catching fish. It can also help people overcome their fear of trying new things.

Ice karting

Ice karting is an excellent way to bond with your colleagues and strengthen teamwork. It’s also a fun way to get out of the office and enjoy the outdoors. Ice karting has been used as a team building activity since the early 2000s. It’s not just about the thrill of the race, but also about the teamwork needed to overcome obstacles on the track. For instance, you can organize a relay race where each team member takes 1 or 2 laps, then hands off the steering wheel to the next teammate and rewards the winning team.

4. Cooking classes and cooking contests in the mountains

You might not believe it, but cooking together can bring people closer. The intimacy of the kitchen and the opportunity to share ideas make it an excellent team building activity. Prepare a cooking class followed by a small competition between teams to make the activity more interesting.

Dive into icy water

Diving into a lake, a swimming pool, or a tub of ice-cold water can be a challenge for anyone. However, when you do it as a team, it becomes easier to overcome challenges and enjoy the experience. Create teams that will have to compete against each other, with each team member trying to stay in the ice-cold water as long as possible. The winning team will be the one that accumulates the most time spent in the ice-cold water. This is a way to learn to overcome oneself and discover one’s limits. Members of each team will also learn to encourage each other.

6- The mountain hike

Mountain hiking is an effective way to build a strong and cohesive team. It helps them work together as a unit and achieve their goals. It’s not just a physical activity, it’s also about bringing your mind and body together to overcome challenges. Team members will bond by sharing experiences with each other, learning from one another, and pushing themselves further than they ever thought possible.

7- Airboard slalom relay

In the airboard slalom relay team building, team members take turns on a board and slide in a straight line. The first person to cross the finish line wins. Airboarding is an extreme sport that involves going downhill while steering with the body’s weight lying flat on the stomach on an airboard and headfirst. It is another thrilling activity that challenges participants to surpass themselves. Each team member must race down the slope and navigate obstacles as quickly as possible to pass the baton to their teammates. The second relay runner only starts once the first has crossed the finish line.

8- Climbing

Mountaineering is a sport that requires the ability to move quickly and efficiently, climb steep slopes, and reach the summit of a mountain. The necessary skill for this is not only physical strength but also mental agility. This is where AI comes into play. The purpose of this activity is to bring out the best in each team member and encourage them to take on new challenges. By doing so, they will be able to achieve their goals more effectively.

Paragliding

Offer your employees a paragliding initiation for your mountain offsite. Once again, this is a risk-taking activity for self-improvement. It is an innovative idea that will certainly appeal to your staff and provide them with an unforgettable experience.

10- Dog sledding excursion

Take your team members to explore the mountains with dog sledding for your next team building day. It’s an original activity that many will enjoy. Meeting the sled dogs or even learning to steer the sled can be enjoyable for your team members. It’s a unique activity that will allow you to share a great adventure as a team and create lasting bonds and memories. A team building in the mountains is an innovative activity that will enable your company’s employees to have fun and strengthen team cohesion. You can choose some of these different activities for your team building days, or why not spread them over several days if you have the means to carry them all out. After a beautiful day of adventure and fun, your employees will be better able to resume work and become more productive.

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