Four local companies crack ‘Best Places to Work’ list |

Four local companies crack ‘Best Places to Work’ list

Aspen Skiing Co. and two downvalley marketing firms have once again cracked Outside magazine’s annual list of “Best Places to Work.” Charles Cunniffe Architects, headquartered in Aspen, was a newcomer to the compilation, bringing the total number of local companies on the list to four.

Skico placed 83rd in the list of the 100 best places to work in the United States. Backbone Media, of Carbondale, placed 95th, while Bluetent, a marketing firm in El Jebel, was 48. Charles Cunniffe Architects was 63rd.

Skico got high marks for a company culture that encourages employees to get out in the mountains, regardless of the season.

“For most of us, working at a ski resort is a dream job: endless powder, free lift tickets, and crowd-free weekday runs,” Outside wrote. “Aspen Skiing Company, one of the world’s last remaining independently owned and operated ski resorts, is a great place to live out that dream.”

Backbone Media got accolades for free espresso and open access to a “kegerator” that has Roaring Fork Brewing Co.’s beers on tap.

The marketing company maximizes media exposure for active-lifestyle brands such as Black Diamond, Big Agnes and Eddie Bauer. The staff of 37 workers in Carbondale is a “tight-knit group of hard-charging skiers, climbers, cyclists, runners and boaters who, perhaps because of their love for the adventure, are passionate about representing the best outdoor brands in the active-lifestyle realm,” Outside wrote.

Charles Cunniffe Architects got a nod for allowing its staff of 20 to ski before work or on lunch breaks during powder days. Its office is only two blocks from Aspen Mountain.

“The culture of design is at the company’s core, and the outdoors is often the inspiration — which is why you’ll find the staff on the snow, bike or hiking trails,” Outside wrote.

Outside noted that Bluetent’s 35 employees have access to a microbrew-stocked fridge and a mini yoga studio.

“The Bluetent team has easy access to world-class hiking, biking and skiing trails,” Outside wrote. “And it makes a difference — they play hard to work harder.”

Roaring Fork Valley residents who are impressed should take heed — all firms except Backbone are hiring, according to the Outside article.

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