5 Ski Resorts with the Best Spas
Not so keen on flying down double black diamonds? Don’t let that stop you from checking out these ski resorts. Each offers a destination-worthy spa that will keep you relaxed and refreshed.
From the mountain-town villages decked out in lights to the après-ski spots teeming with good-looking guys, there’s nothing like a ski vacation to put you in the winter spirit. And there’s nothing like a day spent falling your way down the bunny slope to snap you right out of that good mood. If sipping hot cocoa in the lodge is more your speed than schussing down a double-black diamond, you’ll want to choose a ski resort that has options. Say, one with a world-class spa.
“Mountain spas are beginning to offer treatments based on local cultures, making it easier for non-skiers to have a unique experience,” says Toula Victor, author of Spa Wanderlust, a blog and travel app. “Also, the climate and overall atmosphere in mountain locations differentiates the services and amenities offered by ski resort spas. There’s nowhere else you can relax in a heated outdoor pool or hot tub surrounded by beautiful white snow!”
So, whether you plan on skiing, spa-ing, or both, consider these destinations when you’re planning a ski trip this year.
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1. Scandinave Spa in Whistler, Canada
When your friends take off to ski and snowboard the glaciers of Whistler Blackcomb’s world-class ski mountains, take a quick taxi ride to this Scandinavian-style spa that’s located a few miles north of Whistler Village. When you walk in, you’ll be engulfed in a spruce and cedar forest overlooking mountain vistas. Hop into one of the big Scandinavian baths—a big, co-ed hot tub with powerful jets and waterfalls—and enjoy the relaxing effects of this kind of hydrotherapy. Then, spend the day popping in and out of the sauna, steamroom, relaxation room, and café. www.scandinave.com/en/whistler
2. Spa Aanjali at Beaver Creek, Colorado
Located inside Beaver Creek’s eco-friendly Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Spa Anjali is a destination in itself: a full-service salon, boutique, and high-end gym that offers everything from cycling and ski conditioning classes to yoga and Pilates. Spa Aanjali also has an impressive menu of treatment options, including some based on healing mountain philosophies. For example, the Chakra Blessing treatment is a collection of ancient rituals designed to help to clear negativity, balance energy, and create an optimal state of well-being. www.spaanjali.com
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3. The Serenity Spa at Westgate Park City Resort and Spa in Park City, Utah
Willing to fly to get to a ski holiday destination—but don’t want to spend hours on winding mountain roads to get there? Park City is a mere 30-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport, and its skiing and spa options are awesome. While the skiers in your group love checking out the 182 ski runs close to this spot, you can spend your time in Utah’s largest indoor/outdoor swimming pool, and chill out in the luxury spa. www.westgateresorts.com/park-city
4. The Living Spa at El Monte Sagrado Resort in Taos, New Mexico
If you’re looking for a mountain town with lots of character and fewer crowds, check out Taos. While the spendy El Monte Sagrado Resort may be out of your budget, splurge on a day at The Living Spa to get a taste of the Native American-inspired décor and to quench your dry skin (you’re in the desert, after all!) with one of their uber-moisturizing signature treatments. www.elmontesagrado.com/leisure/spa
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5. Topnotch Spa in Stowe, Vermont
This ski town is a winter refuge for east coast city dwellers, and while the mountains may not be as big as they are out west, Stowe’s accessibility and charm make up for it. Plus, with more than a dozen spas and yoga studios, Stowe’s got you covered in the wellness department. At the Topnotch Spa, you can sit under the waterfall in the solarium’s hot tub, then hit one of the three pools, including an adults-only heated outdoor pool. Finish your spa day with a treatment from the healing philosophy that suits you best, whether that’s an Ayurvedic herbal body wrap, a Thai massage, or a Japanese foot ritual. www.topnotchresort.com/stowe-vermont-spa