Dreaming of Olympic Gold? Spa Finder Names Winter Sports Spas that Inspire Gold Medal Performances

New York, NY — February 21, 2002

Want to ease post-Olympic couch-potato guilt with a winter sports excursion? Have you suddenly found yourself longing to follow your dream of landing a triple lutz or boarding the halfpipe? Even if you haven't spent the last four years in training, these dreams are in reach-especially when you can combine the thrill of sports with the rejuvenating and therapeutic effects of a spa program.

According to Spa Finder (www.spafinder.com), the number one spa travel reservation service, there are numerous spas where guests can indulge in their favorite winter sports fantasies while easing their tired muscles back into athleticism.

One such spa in Colorado offers guests access to not only 4,400 acres of prime ski country for all levels of downhill and cross-country skiing, but the spa also specializes in sports-related custom treatments designed to increase circulation, ease respiration in high altitude, and relieve aches and pains. Or maybe you'd like to experience the thrill of an Olympic bobsled run or skate the same ice where Eric Heiden got gold in 1980 — if so, you can visit a spa in Lake Placid, New York that offers access to all that and the best in massage and body treatments to boot.

"At Spa Finder, we're seeing more and more people seeking vacations to challenge them in some way–whether through sports adventures or healthful life changes, like an improved diet or integrating meditation into daily life," says Pete Ellis, Chairman and CEO at Spa Finder. "A winter sports spa getaway is a great way to challenge the athlete within, combining expert sports and exercise instruction with massages and body treatments to allay those aching muscles. And, of course, a nutritious spa menu will help you achieve optimum performance."

And for those who need to brush up on old skills or want to learn new ones, winter sports spas can offer instruction in everything from the conventional downhill and cross-country skiing, skating and snowboarding activities to the more unusual – some winter spas offer opportunities to sharpen your ice hockey moves, do some curling, command a dogsled team, or learn to track wolves and wolverines while snowshoeing. Snow tubing, heli–skiing, and snow biking are also available to get that circulation going.

Imagine having a great day on the slopes or at the rink, then coming back to a hot stone massage or hydrotherapy treatment and moisturizing facial, a deeply relaxing stretch or yoga class, a gourmet spa cuisine dinner and finally a soothing dip in a mineral pool or Jacuzzi — and then doing it all over again tomorrow!

Spa Finder has put together a list of spas that get gold medals for both sport and spa in the winter months — and their expert spa consultants are ready to help you get off the couch and into the winter Olympic spirit before the snow melts. Call 1-800-ALLSPAS or visit www.spafinder.com to learn more and to make a reservation.

Spa Finder's Top Winter Sports Spas:
Allegria Spa at Hyatt Regency Beaver Creek, CO
Avanyu Spa at Snake River, WY
The Cliff Spa at Snowbird, UT
Double Eagle Resort and Spa, CA
Grand Hotel Park, Switzerland
Grand Hotel Victoria-Jungfrau, Switzerland
Gruner Baum Resort, Austria
The Hills Health Ranch, Canada
The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, CO
Mirror Lake Inn and Spa, NY
Sonnenalp Resort, CO
Spa at Sundance, UT
Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, VT
Topnotch at Stowe Resort and Spa, VT
Vail Cascade Resort, CO
Willow Stream, the Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Canada
Wyndham Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa, CO

About Spa Finder

As the world's leading spa publisher, spa travel reservation service and spa marketing company, Spa Finder is considered the authority on all things spa-related. In fact, The New York Times recently cited the 1986 founding of Spa Finder as a milestone in the growth of the worldwide spa industry. Having assembled the world's largest and finest network of spas and the world's largest spa consumer database, Spa Finder connects consumers with their ideal spa experiences-whether they are looking to visit a local day spa or to embark on a vacation or retreat at a stay spa. Spa Finder, with offices in New York and San Francisco, publishes Spa Finder Magazine, the leading publication devoted to spa travel. The company operates Spa Finder Travel, which handles requests and reservations for a quarter-million spa vacations annually, Spa Finder Gift Certificates, and www.spafinder.com, the most complete Internet source and free reservation service for the spa experience.

Media Contacts:

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