New year, new strategic initiatives. For FASTG8’s 2019 winter offsite, the team enjoyed their 5th annual hut trip to the Polar Star Inn, known as the ‘sunset watcher’s paradise.’ The ski tour in was a beautiful and rewarding 6 miles; coming from someone who had never previously been on a hut trip and only ski toured once before, it was a trek to remember! Kudos to Bobo’s Oat Bars, hard boiled eggs, and the cold beers awaiting our arrival.
If you've never been on a hut trip before, there is a lot of teamwork involved to create the ideal experience. From fetching water, firing up the wood burning stove, to feeding a group of eight carb-hungry teammates, everyone pitches in. When we arrived, we took time to settle in and dove straight into our first working session.
We got to work immediately because we wanted our second day dedicated to skiing the foot of snow projected to fall overnight. During our first work session, we revisited and redefined our values and roles as they relate to our core competencies. We also touched on the importance of preserving FASTG8’s unique company culture, especially as we grow, and to continuously live our motto of ‘Work Smarter, Play Harder.’ We wrapped up the day with Colorado craft beers, a chili con carne competition (you’ll get ‘em next time Hailey), and an intense game of cribbage between E squared (the two Emily’s) and Tyler.
The next morning, we cooked stacks of powder pancakes and knocked out our second work session. We focused on how to position ourselves in the rapidly evolving world of ad tech, mapped out our competitive landscape, and defined our 2019 strategic initiatives.
Then…finally…it was go time. Time to strap on those brain buckets and shred some pow. At 11,040’, we were ready for an afternoon full of touring and adventuring around the area. We enjoyed the mellow grade and epic tree skiing on The Polar Line of the lower slopes of New York Mountain.
After a few hot laps, we ended our epic day with a state-of-the-art cheese board (thanks to Will), beers n’ fajitas and an occasional sauna showdown.
Our final day was an early wake up call to pack in a few laps before heading out. We left Polar Star feeling refreshed and strategically aligned - ready to hit the ground running in 2019.
Quote from The Polar Star Inn: “Hut visitors share a special spirit; especially their pursuit of excellence, self-reliance, and love of the outdoors.” I believe this quote perfectly embodies the FASTG8 team and everything we stand for as a company and as individuals.