Who says you need to go to Aspen to cozy up next to a fire in a log cabin? Ampa Events brings the comforts of the ski lodge to your gathering. With throw pillows, fuzzy blankets and sheepskin rugs, any venue can be turned into a mountainside resort. Ampa incorporates a lot of pine and garland into the decorations, as well as handmade snowshoes and vintage skis for that authentic feel.
They bring in brown leather sofas and bulky armchairs for seating, and for the centerpieces, think pine cones and birch branches. Ampa even has a refurbished ski lift chair that can be used as seating, decoration or a photo opportunity. Planners also can opt for an acrylic skating rink so attendees can go ice skating. During the winter, this is the company's most popular theme. "We do one form of the ski lodge or a variation at least six to 10 times a year," says president Ted Rubis.
No ski trip would be complete without indulging in the après-ski culture. And no après-ski would be complete without a good bar. Handmade from pine siding and stained wood framing, Ampa's bar looks like any you'd find in a real ski resort. Finish the look with rustic signs for green, blue and Black Diamond trails. "Après-ski is a lot of bars, a lot of furniture, and the signage and vintage skis are really what creates the environment," Rubis says. "And it's all about the wood, that natural, woodsy feel."