By Helen Olsson
After a rigorous day on the slopes, there’s no better way to relax than a deep tissue massage or a full-body exfoliating scrub.
Here, a few options for the crème-de-la-crème of pampering in Summit County, Colorado—plus a few extra ways to let go of any residual stress.
Keystone Lodge & Spa, Keystone
A day of adrenaline and knee-pumping action on the bumpiest runs at Keystone calls for one thing: a couple hours of tranquility at the Keystone Spa.
The 10,000-square-foot facility has a relaxation room, an outdoor heated pool, hot tubs, a eucalyptus steam room, a fitness center, and a dry sauna.
Therapists use only organic and sustainable products, indigenous when possible.
For example, the shea butter, which you can add to any massage treatment, comes from Zents, a skincare company based in Boulder, Colorado, that grows its own organic herbs on a family farm.
You can find a range of basic treatments on the spa menu, but our money is on one of the decadent multi-treatment packages called “Journeys.”
The Champagne and Chocolate Indulgence, for one, starts with a champagne oil massage and continues with an exfoliating Ice Wine masque followed by a hydrating chocolate masque.
But don’t move yet; you can continue melting into your chair during a pedicure enjoyed over a glass of champagne and chocolate truffles from Keystone’s famed pastry chef, Ned Archibald.
Standout Treatment: Marta Kodo (50 minutes, $125)
Marta Koda, which means “big melody,” is a technique inspired by traditional Australian Aboriginal methods.
“It’s a choreographed massage with 74 different strokes taught to our therapists by an Aboriginal medicine woman,” says Steve Lyons, senior massage therapist at Keystone Spa.
Therapists use a combination of pressure and rhythmical spiraling movements to unleash blockages, relieve tension, and realign the body’s energy.
You can choose from a variety of native Aboriginal aromatic oils—sweet almond and macadamia nut oil combined with different herbs like lavender and myrtle—to enhance this exotic treatment.
Soothe Spa, Breckenridge
Soothe Spa, located steps from the slopes inside the Grand Lodge at Breckenridge’s Peak 7, offers a true day spa experience.
Not a skier?
Not to worry.
You could lose yourself here for hours while the rest of your party does their thing on the mountain, surfacing in time for a leisurely dinner at Sevens, the hotel’s onsite eatery.
Soothe offers an array of treatments, from microdermabrasion to massage, including hot-stone and couples options in a treatment room rigged with side-by-side tables.
Feeling the thin air?
Any massage can be enhanced with a dose of oxygen, designed to increase circulation and ease fatigue.
Before and after your treatment, relax in the spa’s grotto, an adults-only enclave replete with salt-water hot tub, waterfall, eucalyptus steam room, and cedar sauna.
Spa supervisor Ainsley Erickson recommends that spa-goers maximize their experience by spending a good amount of time in the grotto prior to a treatment.
“Come early, relax, and slowly indulge in what Soothe has to offer,” she says.
“Sip some tea or cucumber water.
Take time to calm down.”
Standout Treatment: Milk and Honey Body Glow (60 minutes, $120)
This full-body treatment starts with a sugar crystal exfoliation to slough away dead skin, followed by a rinse with a seven-headed Vichy rain shower.
Next, your body gets swaddled in a moisturizing, mineral-rich seal gel wrap to hydrate and the nourish skin before an application of revitalizing milk and Colorado honey body butter.
You’ll be positively glowing.
Anew You, Frisco
Tucked in a courtyard off Frisco’s Main Street, Anew You has just two treatment rooms, but offers a range of services, from massage to skincare.
Specializing in healing injuries, Anew You is a favorite among local physical therapists, chiropractors, orthopedic specialists, and even oncologists.
“We like to promote health and wellness from the inside out,” says Valerie Fagan, a certified massage therapist at Anew You. “
All our modalities for skin or massage have this philosophy in mind.”
What truly sets this boutique spa apart, Fagan says, is customization.
The spa schedules a full 30 minutes between every treatment to allow time for a thorough intake with clients.
“We establish a relationship with everyone who walks in the door,” Fagan says. The result: Each session is tailored to individual needs.
Even the body treatments with spa founder and esthetician Yvonne Zook are customized. “It’s an art,” Fagan says.
Standout Treatment: Customized Therapeutic Massage (60 minutes, $90)
Anew’s standard therapeutic massage is a mixture of modalities customized to each client.
Choose what you want to suite your preferences, and your therapist will combine the elements into one treatment.
A session might include hot stone therapy, reflexology, deep tissue sports massage, or Zen Shiatsu.