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The Ski Locker: A new co-working space downtown

The Ski Locker: A new co-working space downtown

Location-neutral workers in Steamboat now have a new place to hang their ski hats: The Ski Locker, at 741 Lincoln Ave.

The downtown workplace isn’t your typical work environment. There are no cubicles or receptionists. Instead, there’s storage for skis and bikes, a view of Howelsen Hill and open work spaces that encourage mingling and collaboration. In all, the new communal workspace features seven permanent desks and 10 shared desks, with varying desk space rates and flexible membership options (peak prices apply December through April and June through September).

When workers sit down, they do so next to other location-neutral workers doing business for companies as far away as Florida.

“As a community, we care deeply about our location-neutral employees, entrepreneurs and business people,” says founder Barclay Idsal, whose service offers desk space, Wi-Fi, a shared kitchen, coffee, meeting room with video conferencing and two sound-proof phone booths. “Whether you’re a local looking for a full-time desk or visiting and need a productive place to work, we can help.”

Idsal, who works as the managing editor for Unofficialnetworks.com, was inspired to bring the co-working space to Steamboat after working at the flagship Ski Locker location in Chamonix, France. He says that unlike normal offices where workers often work in silos, such co-working spaces foster friendship and create a community of creatives. Workers, he adds, attend happy hours together and go on group skis.

“It’s a really comfortable space,” says tenant Aaron Bergemann, a developer for a Boulder company that provides live chat software for sales and support teams. “It’s great to have this sense of community with other location-neutral workers in Steamboat. It makes me more productive and creative.”

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