Top 10 Favorite Spas for Ski & Snow
- Published: Friday, November 30th 2012
- in Editors' Picks
The air is crisp, the snowflakes are falling and snow pants and boots become part of your everyday attire. For ski and snow enthusiasts, there’s no better time than winter—schuss your way to these “Top 10 Favorite Spas for Ski & Snow,” chosen by our SpaFinder® Wellness readers.
Where: Avon, Colorado
Why our readers love it: Set in the shadow of the grand Rocky Mountains and eight miles from Vail’s world-class slopes, this ski-in/ski-out European ski lodge-inspired spa resort is located in Beaver Creek, famous for its diverse slopes (totaling 1,805 acres), from beginner to double-black diamond runs, and world-class ski instructors.
Why you’ll love it: Ski valets are available to smooth your transition from the slopes to the spa, storing and drying your athletic equipment and boots. The two-story Allegria Spa capitalizes on heat and water therapy with its aqua sanitas water sanctuary featuring a thermae pool, caldarium mineral pools, steam room, experience showers and tepidarium.
Where: Whistler, British Columbia
Why our readers love it: Imbued in mountain luxury, the all-season, ski-in/ski-out Fairmont Chateau Whistler hotel sits at the base of Blackcomb Mountain; Blackcomb and its neighboring Whistler Mountain combined provide more than 8,100 acres of skiable terrain, 16 alpine bowls, 200-plus marked runs and a ski and snowboard school (Canada’s largest).
Why you’ll love it: The hotel’s Vida Spa offers après-ski indulgences with a holistic approach to wellbeing and a spa menu that comprises classic body and skincare therapies and Ayurvedic rituals.
Where: Bansko, Bulgaria
Why our readers love it: Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko, located within Resort Bansko, Bulgaria’s top ski resort in the Pirin Mountains, has continuously been awarded “Favorite Spa in Bulgaria” in the SpaFinder Wellness Readers’ Choice Awards. Kempinski services include a VIP ski pass, guaranteeing direct private access to the gondola (the hotel conveniently neighbors the gondola station); state-of-the-art ski room; ski instructors; and more.
Why you’ll love it: The award-winning Zalez Spa & Wellness Center boasts indoor and outdoor pools, Jacuzzis, steam rooms, saunas, a float tank and solarium (whew!), but highlights are a hammam and exotic snow room.
Where: Park City, Utah
Why our readers love it: Ski-in/ski-out access is available to the nearby Deer Valley Resort, where you can carve the slopes and peaks of 200 acres of terrain, with a vertical drop of 3,000 feet.
Why you’ll love it: This alpine retreat spotlights the 35,000-square-foot Spa Montage, a blend of rustic spirit and European style that showcases posh amenities like the renowned Surrender Treatment and a couple’s treatment room with private balcony and fireplace.
Where: Squaw Valley, California
Why our readers love it: A winter playground, Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley provides lift service to Squaw Valley USA, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, which has 30-plus chairlifts, 450 inches of snow annually and 4,000 acres of ski terrain. The resort itself has over 400 acres of Sierra Nevada Range’s cross-country skiing area.
Why you’ll love it: The on-site spa offers respite after a day outdoors whilst captivating the essence of Squaw Valley’s beauty. With interiors of birch-tree trunks, green slate flooring and cascading water features, the spa brings the landscape in to soothe and relax.
Where: Vail, Colorado
Why our readers love it: Vail has more than 5,289 skiable acres, from the thrilling Back Bowls to the mild Golden Peak trails, and Vail Mountain, 10 minutes from the Ritz, offers seven miles of mountain front, three terrain parks and the Adventure Ridge snow park for ski biking, tubing and snowmobiling fans.
Why you’ll love it: It’s easy to feel relaxed within this pristine Rocky Mountain setting—warm up at the spa, which features a menu of traditional therapies, including the classic and much-needed sports massage following a day on the ski hill.
Where: Snowmass Village, Colorado
Why our readers love it: Located at the foot of Snowmass Mountain (which has a vertical drop of 4,406, 3,132 acres of terrain, 91 trails and 21 chairlifts), in the midst of Snowmass’ new Base Village, Viceroy Snowmass offers well-appointed ski-in/ski-out lodging seven miles from downtown Aspen.
Why you’ll love it: Enter a brass gate and find the lovely and intimate Spa at Viceroy Snowmass, where you’ll indulge in Ute Indian-inspired treatments like the purifying Ute Sun Dance Ritual.
Where: Stowe, Vermont
Why our readers love it: The ski-in/ski-out Stowe Mountain Lodge resides at the bottom of Spruce Peak at Stowe alpine village; named one of the “Top 10 Ski Resorts in North America” by Condé Nast Traveler, the AAA Four-Diamond Lodge includes an on-site alpine concierge® and is adjacent to the Over Easy Transfer Gondola, connecting Spruce Peak to Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. Winter enthusiasts have access to 39 miles of skiing, a snowboarding half pipe and nearly 50 miles of groomed terrain and backcountry trails.
Why you’ll love it: Interiors and treatments inspired by the natural surroundings await at the Spa and Wellness Center, along with a dedicated KidSpa if you’re traveling with the little ones.
Photo courtesy of Stowe Mountain Lodge
Where: Park City, Utah
Why our readers love it: Winter highlights include ski-in/ski-out access to Deer Valley Resort, a full-service ski locker room and a team of ski valets.
Why you’ll love it: The Lodge boasts Utah’s only Forbes Five-Star Spa; at 23,000 square feet, the complex includes 16 treatment rooms and roomy relaxation lounges with saunas, steam rooms, hot and cold plunges and cozy fireplaces to boot.
Photos courtesy of Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley
Where: Stowe, Vermont
Why our readers love it: This 120-acre wooded estate in the center of Vermont’s Green Mountains caters to skiing and snowboarding aficionados, with ski packages, ski storage and an on-demand shuttle service from the resort to nearby Stowe Mountain Resort. The Nordic barn ski shop sits on the Topnotch property as well.
Why you’ll love it: More than 120 treatments can be enjoyed at the country-style Topnotch Spa, as can a full-service salon, plus spa lounges with romantic fireplaces to curl up beside, steam rooms, saunas, Jacuzzis and juice bars.
Photo courtesy of Topnotch Resort and Spa
Plus, use a SpaFinder Gift Card to indulge in après-ski treatments at the following spas: Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek; The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley; Stowe Mountain Lodge; and Topnotch Resort and Spa!