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At Google, Not Quite Partying Like It's 1999

"So what office do you work for?"

"I'm Mountain View."

"I'm San Francisco."

Google employees prepare for a ski lesson during the company's trip. Google paid for skiing, snowboarding, tubing and ice skating for its employees. (Ariana Eunjung Cha -- The Washington Post)

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"Do you work with . . . "

"I was his student!"

"Wow! Funny how the Google world works!"

Resort workers helping make the gathering possible gawked with a mix of confusion and awe.

Tim Brown, 28, a manager at Tait's, which specializes in snowboard equipment and clothing, and Andressa Almeida, 25, an architecture student from Brazil who works as an instructor, looked at the heated white tents that were being set up for a company party with envy. "What a great company to take everyone out like this," Almeida said.

By the time the Googlers were leaving Friday, all the locals' talk of its money turned into talk about its party. Held at the base of the mountain with the lights on the slopes for night skiing twinkling above, it featured four theme rooms: Caribbean, Tex-Mex, hip-hop and the biggest -- the '80s tent -- with local cover band Tainted Love. There was dancing and drinking and a spread of hors d'oeuvres. The Googlers were friendlier than they expected, the resort workers said, and let them crash the various after-parties that lasted until dawn. Even without spending extravagantly, they said, Google still throws a mean party.

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