2013 Readers’ Choice Awards: Top 10 Spas for Ski & Snow


Photo courtesy of Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa

During the winter months, there are few things more satisfying than hitting the snow-covered mountain trails by day, and then sitting fireside or treating yourself to a rejuvenating massage by night. If you’re looking for a getaway that perfectly combines snowy activities and comforting luxury travel, then these 10 spa resorts are sure to please!

Stowe Mountain Lodge – Stowe, VT

Located at Stowe alpine village at the base of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, this ski-in/ski-out destination resort reflects an indescribable mountain landscape that’s almost impossible to resist! Its AAA Four-Diamond Lodge provides luxury, leisure, and ultimate wellness to its guests by offering an endless itinerary of events and spa relaxation year-round. The Lodge has an on-site Alpine Concierge who is pleased to assist guests in making arrangements for anything including spa, ski, or golf activities! At the end of the day, Stowe Mountain Lodge is sure to keep you warm by offering tasteful artisan dining and comfy wood-flaming fireplaces to bundle up beside!

St. Regis Aspen Resort – Aspen, CO

Situated at the peak of Aspen Mountain, St. Regis Aspen Resort is home to one of the best luxury hotel spas in the Rocky Mountain region! The resort is suitably located between Aspen Mountain’s two major ski lifts, offering superior access to a plethora of exciting outdoor winter activities! Aside from the advantages of the resort’s exterior, St. Regis provides tasteful accommodations featuring cozy furnishings and delectable, traditional American cuisine at its restaurants.

Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley – Park City, UT

This five-star hotel and spa located in Park City, Utah offers mid-mountain ski-in/ski-out access to the well-renowned Deer Valley Resort. Offering 23,000 square feet with over 16 treatment rooms, the spa offers guests the ultimate in pampering and relaxation with couple’s treatment rooms, private showers, tubs, steam rooms, saunas, and more. If you’re looking to hit the snow-covered mountains before or after a rejuvenating spa treatment, indulge in world-class skiing, snowmobiling, snow tubing, hot air balloon rides, Nordic skiing, or even snow shoeing!

Topnotch Resort and Spa – Stowe, VT

Topnotch Resort and Spa is located in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains allowing guests to appreciate the breathtaking New England countryside. Topnotch offers endless recreational opportunities including skiing and snowboarding, and as an incentive they provide guests with tickets, ski packages (if desired), ski storage, and equipment rentals. Guests can embark on cross-country and downhill skiing along scenic trails, or stay indoors and partake in fitness and aerobic classes!

Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa – Thompsonville, MI

Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa is a year-round destination retreat located in northwest-lower Michigan. The astounding property offers abundant amenities including 45 downhill slopes and 25 miles of cross-country skiing, an alpine slide, and water sports! At the end of a chilly day, guests have the privilege of unwinding in the resort’s Crystal Spa, which offers private transition rooms with heated floors, steam rooms and infrared saunas, and an outdoor Mosaic Garden with hot tub access.

Solitude Spa at Teton Mountain Lodge – Teton Village, WY

Located near Grand Teton National Park and slope-side to the renowned Jackson Hole ski slopes, Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa offers the perfect combination of traditional mountain elegance and style to its guests. The four-diamond destination resort offers a 12,000 square foot, 3-story spa with a tranquility lounge, steam showers and hot tubs, and all spa services incorporate natural elements such as herbs, salts, mud and spring water to provide spa-goers with definitive relaxation and wellness! If you’re looking to get active, Jackson Hole, Wyoming is recognized as one of the most appreciated ski resort destinations on the globe and offers various terrains for all skiing levels, which means you’ll be sure to get the ski experience of a lifetime!

Spa Anjali at Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa – Avon, CO

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain is conveniently located in the heart of Vail Valley and features direct access to Beaver Creek skiing and endless year-round activities! The Westin Riverfront is connected to Beaver Creek’s outstanding ski landscape, but if skiing isn’t for you, the resort offers several other amenities including snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, ice skating, and snowboarding! The resort is also home to the 27,000 square-foot invigorating Spa Anjali, which offers a widespread treatment menu focusing on three healing mountain traditions: the Rockies, Alps, and Himalayas. The spa offers 14 treatment rooms as well as access to the resort’s saline-based outdoor pool and three riverside hot tubs!

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa – Treverse City, MI

Presiding over 900 acres and located in the northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa was uniquely designed to showcase the stunning beauty of the surrounding landscape. Unwind at the Spa Grand Traverse, where you can receive signature “cherry-themed” spa treatments that utilize the spa’s own blend of locally-crafted cherry lotions and oils. If you wish to hit the outdoor terrain, recreational activities at the resort include dog sled rides, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and more!

Fairmont Chateau Whistler – Whistler, BC, Canada

This ski-in/ski-out mountain luxury resort hotel is a perfect location for all guests and offers endless year-round activities. Experience Vida Spa at Fairmont Chateau Whistler, where you can receive personalized innovative spa treatments that emphasize healthful healing. Aside from its rejuvenating qualities, the resort offers unbeatable service in mountain hideaways, as guests can hit Whistler Mountain which offers downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and even ski and snowboarding school!

Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa – Lake Placid, NY

Mirror Lake is located at the incredibly scenic and charming Adirondacks of upstate New York in the Olympic village of Lake Placid. The resort’s quaint setting and snow-capped mountains allow guests to engage in various wintry and fun-filled activities, including ice skating and hockey on the resort’s private skating rink, skiing or snowboarding on nearby trails, or even embark on bobsled and luge rides on the Olympic track! After a long day out and about, unwind at the full-service Lake Placid Spa featuring “spa sanctuaries” and several pampering spa services.