Coworking in Whistler: Has Work and Play Ever Been So Inseparable?

The Network Hub, Whistler
The Network Hub, Whistler

There’s a popular phrase – ‘Work hard, play hard’ – which neatly justifies the rewards of hard work.

Since the mobile working revolution gained traction, it seems there’s no end of ways to work anywhere and more productively, whilst enjoying a relaxed and more flexible work environment. And as a result, the line between work and play is becoming increasingly blurred.

This is not always a bad thing, as we found out when we spoke to Michal Kostal, co-founder of The Surf Office. Michal set up a coworking space on the island of Gran Canaria, right next to one of the island’s best surfing hotspots. Startups, entrepreneurs and even burned-out employees can spend a week or more at The Surf Office, which provides accommodation, a desk, Wi-Fi, a buzzing community and of course, a cracking beach right on the doorstep.

The Surf Office is a unique approach to the ‘work hard, play hard’ mantra. But the concept of mixing business and leisure is hardly new. And thanks to mobile technology and changing attitudes to the workplace, it’s now spinning off in myriad different directions.

Work, rest and ski

So, with this in mind, how about settling down to work 2,140 feet up?

Head to The Network Hub’s new coworking space in Whistler, Canada’s famous Olympic ski resort in British Columbia, and you can do just that.

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The Network Hub claim to be Vancouver’s longest-running coworking space and with three locations to their name, they’re certainly doing something right.

Along with coworking space, guests have access to other business centre-style amenities including meeting rooms, private office suites, hot-desking and virtual office services.

But of course, that’s not the only draw. The new Whistler location is moments away from a ski-in, ski-out gondola that provides access to Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain – perfect for skiiers, snowboarders, hikers, bikers, adventurers, and outdoorsy types who just want some downtime.

According to Tech Vibes, the new location addresses “a significant need for coworking space” among the Whistler area’s community of entrepreneurs, remote workers and freelancers.

Who would have thought that a winter sports resort, normally aligned with holidays, adrenalin junkies and training athletes, would attract a significant quota of desk-based entrepreneurs?

It just goes to show that for forward-thinking business centre and workspace operators, there are opportunities everywhere – even several thousand feet up.

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