What could make more sense than a spa at a ski resort? After a long
day of muscle straining and exertion, a massage or treatment would
be the ideal route to relaxation.
It's no wonder, then, that spas at ski resorts are
proliferating. Many offer not only massages and treatments but a
variety of health and wellness activities.
"It was the spa that put us on the map," says Gayle Brady,
director of the 4,200-square-foot spa at the Peaks Resort & Spa
in Telluride, Colo., which opened five years ago.
Brady says the spa phenomenon is one of the ways in which ski
resorts have changed to accommodate the average guest, who skis
only three or four days out of a week's holiday.
Also of recent vintage at the Peaks is a program called the Next
Level, which set aside one 16-room floor for guests who are
focusing on spa treatments. They have 24-hour key access to the
spa, a refreshment area, a meditation deck and such in-room spa
amenities as massage tables, foot massagers, wellness tapes and
books, purified water and fresh flowers. Says Brady, "This way they
don't get lost in the shuffle and get to meet other people with
Not all spa treatments are commissionable; it depends on resort
policy and whether the treatments are part of a package. Agents
should call individual resorts for their policies.
Brady says agents should let clients talk directly to someone at
the spa to make sure they get what they want, and that all
appointments should be made in advance. Most people want their
massage at 4 p.m. but if they wait until you get to the resort, you
won't get that appointment, Brady says.
Now that it is becoming part of the Grand Bay chain, the upscale
brand for the Patriot-American hotel group, there will be further
changes at the Peaks, since all Grand Bay properties will
incorporate Golden Door spas. For the Peaks, that will mean the
introduction of Asian-style treatments and physical changes.
The newest Spa Finder directory lists a number of downhill
resorts in North America that feature spas, including:Banff Springs Hotel (Alberta): The Solace Spa is another
well-known ski resort spa, notable for its cascading waterfalls and
grand fireplace.The Lodge & Spa at Breckenridge (Colorado): Aside from the
usual, this spa has been expanded to include treatments like
acupuncture and Taoist healing arts.Cordillera (Colorado): With just 56 rooms, the spa here offers
more than 35 treatments, as well as fitness classes, weight
training and meditation.The Cliff Spa at Snowbird (Utah): Perched on top of the lodge,
this spa offers 20 individualized treatment rooms, a lap pool,
solarium and a wide variety of beauty treatments.Vatra Mountain Valley (New York): Minutes from popular Hunter
Mountain skiing, this resort is distinguished by its relatively
inexpensive rates, emphasis on relaxation and theme weeks, such as
mother and daughter week, etc.Vail Cascade Hotel and Club (Colorado): Creative treatments
like a Papaya Mint Rejuvenating Facial and Apres Sport Massage
distinguish this spa. The Cascade Club here is the official
conditioning site of the U.S. Ski Team.Topnotch Resort & Spa (Vermont): The spa features a 60-foot
indoor pool; a 12-foot whirlpool bath with cascading hydro-massage
waterfalls, and professional health services like fitness
Call Spa Finders at (800) ALL-SPAS or (212) 924-6800. The Web
site is www.spafinders.com.