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With summer travel opening back up, the ski resorts are eager and ready to transition to their second-season operations: lift-served hiking and mountain biking, disc golf, via ferrata climbing courses, and more. Activities that do a body good, all of them.
Know what else is on tap at ski resorts in the summer? Soul- and body-healing spa treatments to reset your equilibrium—much-needed after a year so much in flux. We hand-picked innovative spa experiences all over the continent that will get your body and mind on the right track, all with a mountain backdrop to soothe your ski withdrawal until the snow flies again.
The Spa at Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, Calif.
If you believe that old real estate motto, location, location, location, then this is your spa. Located at mid-mountain at Northstar, surrounded by rolling summer hiking trails, the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe spa brings relaxation and rejuvenation right into the middle of the Tahoe wilderness. With 17 serene and picturesque treatment rooms, an impressive list of treatment options and a full schedule of holistic wellness options to boot, the spa will keep you fully pampered and rejuvenated. This is truly the way to finish off an incredible day hiking the trails or paddleboarding on the lake.
Treatment: Journey through the Forest is a 90-minute spa experience incorporating essential oils designed to release tension and stimulating the immune system.
The Spa at the Lodge at Spruce Peak, Stowe, Vt.
The Lodge at Spruce Peak has a spa that is different from the rest. While it offers traditional spa services, such as soothing massages, warm soak pools, and calming aromatherapy, it also provides a more permanent fix. Employees are trained to advise guests on proper eating and exercise habits that go beyond one day at the spa. Reserve one of their Healing Lodges, where a solitary soak in a whirlpool will take you away from it all.
Treatment: Whole Body Vibration sessions take place on a specially made platform that vibrates and oscillates your soft tissue, aiming for faster muscle recovery, better circulation, and increased mobility and flexibility.
Scandinave Spa, Whistler, B.C.
This unique spa located just minutes away from Whistler is known for the health benefits of its pools. Warm up in a hot tub or in the dry or steam sauna, then cold plunge immediately into the river. Then rest by the fireplace until you are ready to do it again. The cycle usually lasts about 45 minutes, and you can repeat as often as you like. Skeptical? You’ll feel extraordinarily relaxed after the process.
Treatment: Scandinave’s traditional Swedish massage combines long strokes and light pressure to increase blood flow and release tension, but the real draw of this spot is the incredible pools.
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Creekside Spa at the Double Eagle Resort, Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
Just outside Mammoth Lake, Double Eagle Resort and Spa is your one-stop shop for spa treatments as well as outdoor activities and fine dining. Double Eagle’s Creekside Spa maintains a rustic yet luxurious style that blends perfectly with its picturesque surroundings. With a full menu of massages, facials, body therapies, a full fitness calendar with classes ranging from yoga and Tai Chi to swimming and stretching, and myriad outdoor activities, you can choose how much downtime you want at Double Eagle.
Treatment: The DeVine Therm Experience takes place on the Thermal Envelopment Bed, where the body is dry-brushed and skin is coated with a body mask then gently warmed from shoulders to toes in the body capsule, where circulating steam activates the mask to encourage detoxification.
Rémedé Spa, St. Regis Deer Valley, Utah
The Remède Spa, located in the St. Regis Deer Crest, is known for its custom treatments; take a yoga class in the adjoining St. Regis Athletic Club, then soak in the heated, outdoor two-tier infinity pool and ponder when you’ll possibly find time to hike or mountain bike Deer Valley’s legendary singletrack. Each treatment at this spa is customized to fit the visitor’s specific concerns or needs. They have 11 treatment rooms, two couples treatment rooms, heated patios, and a reflection pool.
Treatment: The Ultimate Oxygen Infusion is an 80-minute facial that starts with cleansing and exfoliating, then infuses the skin with two serums using the Intraceuticals Oxygen Machine for deep penetration.
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