31 Colorado Businesses on Outside Mag's Best Places to Work in the U.S.A.

As we were assembling a recent post about Outside magazine's best towns in America contest, an ongoing tournament in which several Colorado communities are competing, we realized we hadn't checked to see how many businesses from our state made the mag's latest list of the best places to work in the U.S.A.

The previous roster featured 28 Colorado businesses — and it seemed crazy to think that that many would be highlighted again.

But crazy it wasn't.

The updated Outside list of the best places to work sports an incredible 31 Colorado businesses — nearly a third of the total for the entire country.

And that includes the number-one pick, a Denver biz that was lauded in each of the previous two years.

Continue to see the photo-illustrated countdown of the 31 Colorado businesses that most impressed Outside, featuring their numbers from the top 100 and excerpts from the magazine's blurbs of praise. To see the complete list, click here.

96. Spyderco


Known for its ergonomically designed folding knives, Golden, Colorado-based Spyderco provides its 90 workers with gym memberships and regular fruit deliveries....

94. Sphero


Robotics developer Sphero, based in Boulder, offers its 92 workers flexible work hours and awards for creative thinking at weekly staff lunches....

92. Aspen Skiing Company


Going to work is a whole lot easier when your “office” is one of four world-class mountains (Snowmass, Aspen, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands) in the Rockies....

71. SmartWool

Steamboat Springs

Merino apparel maker SmartWool supplies its 65 employees with season passes to Steamboat Ski Area in Colorado (near the company’s headquarters) and mandates a powder day whenever it snows more than six inches....

70. Ryan Solutions


In the shadow of Beaver Creek Resort and practically on the banks of the Eagle River, this Edwards, Colorado-based tech firm has 17 employees who handle database marketing and customer relationship management services for about 75 ski resorts and a growing list of golf, beach, and hotel destinations....

68. Mondo Robot


A creative digital agency based in Boulder, Mondo Robot builds websites for cool companies big and small, from Whistler Blackcomb to Spot Brand Bikes....

64. MyRounding Solutions


As long as you get your job done at MyRounding Solutions, a digital health company offering software that helps nurses and hospital administrators manage their rounds (hence the name), you’re free to hightail it out of Denver whenever you want....

61. Brewers Association


The Brewers Association, based in Boulder, represents 3,800 small and independent craft brewers nationwide....

60. Avid4 Adventure


Boulder-based outdoor summer camp operator Avid4 Adventure offers its year-round employees unlimited time off as long as they get their work done during the summer high season....

54. Charles Cunniffe Architects


Aspen-based Charles Cunniffe Architects specializes in green buildings — the type that run on photovoltaic solar collectors and geothermal systems. Its employees enjoy flexible hours, particularly during powder days....

47. CCY Architects


Sustainability is the core principle of Basalt, Colorado-based CCY Architects, which designed one of the country’s largest passive-heated buildings....

42. ReadyTalk


You can easily work from home for ReadyTalk utilizing the tech company’s streamlined audio and Web conferencing tools. But why would you when the Denver headquarters has on-site yoga, beer kegs, hula-hoop contests, and a Nerd Lounge with Wii and Xbox?

40. SolidFire


SolidFire builds innovative flash-memory storage systems for cloud service providers and large enterprises. With upwards of 270 employees at its Boulder headquarters, the company will soon open an even larger office on Boulder’s Pearl Street....

37. Adaptive Sports Center

Crested Butte

The Adaptive Sports Center, a Crested Butte, Colorado–based nonprofit offering a variety of outdoor activities to people with disabilities, gives each of its 16 employees a year-round pass to the local ski resort — so they’re rarely confined to a desk....

36. Tendril


Tech startup Tendril offers cloud-based software for personalized home-energy solutions — basically, it helps customers have greater control over their utilities and energy use....

Continue to see more Colorado businesses on the Outside magazine list of the best places to work in America.

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