ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAINS ... AND RELAX

When you finish that final run of the day, it’s time to unwind and reconnect with friends and family. There is nothing quite like relaxing in the mountains. Those luxurious celebrations and unique experiences only a mountain escape can offer often create the fondest of vacation memories. Below are just a few of our recommendations for relaxing on or off the slopes.
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Treat Yourself
 
Nothing quite compares to a luxurious mountain spa. Treat yourself to a deep-tissue massage or a rejuvenating facial.
 
With two locations, in Lionshead and Vail Village, RockResorts Spa® offers award-winning treatments that incorporate natural ingredients indigenous to Colorado.
 
Or soothe tired legs at the Park City Boutique and Spa, a favorite of travelers from across the globe.
 
Another viable Utah spa can be found in Canyons Village, hidden within the majestic Waldorf Astoria Park City. This 16,000-square-foot spa comes complete with a green living wall (think vertical garden), 15 treatment rooms, a salon and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
 
Lose yourself in a warm stone massage, cozy up at the fireside lounge for a cup of soothing tea and organic nibbles, and finish your afternoon off with an invigorating anti-gravity facelift.
 
Take a Load off
 
The White Carpet Club, an exclusive, private retreat in the heart of Beaver Creek Village, offers resort guests a new level of service and amenities. The White Carpet Club is the ultimate Beaver Creek experience, with an elegant lounge, private lockers and boot dryers, and slope-side ski valet. 
 
The dedicated, on-site concierge even offers personal assistance with lift tickets and pass purchases, dinner reservations, and can advise you on which activities must-do's with your group.
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Enjoy the Mountain to Yourself
 
Splurge for a night at the Game Creek Chalet, a private residence located in Vail’s Game Creek Bowl. Only accessible by snowcat, it’s easy to relax with nature as your only neighbor. Ski right to your door and stargaze from the hot tub after a long day on the slopes.
 
Once the lifts stop turning for the day, bask in the serenity of the vast mountain surrounding you.
 
Delight in an Amazing Dinner Under the Stars
 
Enjoy a magical sleigh ride to Beaver Creek’s Beano’s Cabin.
 
Take in the spectacular views of towering Grouse Mountain and Larkspur Bowl before being welcomed by a cozy stone hearth and blazing fire.
 
Experience true mountain luxury with five-course meals and an unmatched wine list, all set amongst antler chandeliers—which light up the vaulted ceilings making the dining room's wall of windows shine.
 
Or immerse yourself in the Tahoe food and wine scene with the Northstar Mountain Table Dinner series. Take a starlit gondola ride to Zephyr lodge, where each dinner features locally sourced meals prepared by Executive Chef Aramis Torres paired with beverages from a local winery or brewery. 
 
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Find Your Zen
 
Seasoned yogis can escape from it all with Park City Yoga Adventure’s snowshoe and yoga in a yurt.
 
The trip starts with a two-hour snowshoe tour of Blue Sky Ranch: 3,000 pristine acres with stunning Wasatch panoramics and plenty of wildlife potential along the way.
 
Your destination is a cozy Norwegian yurt where a roaring fire welcomes you for an hour of practice. Clear your mind and refresh your soul before your snowshoe trek back to the real world.
 
Soak It Up
 
A nice way to relieve tired muscles after tearing through the Wasatch powder is to soak in Homestead Crater hot springs. Just a half-hour from Park City in Midway, Utah, this geothermal spring is ensconced within a 55-foot-tall limestone rock.
 
The hot spring and crater were formed over thousands of years as snow melted and seeped 2 miles deep into the Earth, where the Earth eventually heated the snowmelt.
 
As the hot water surges upward, it picks up the minerals that make for a healing, rejuvenating soak.
 
Visitors access the crystal clear waters through a tunnel, and the spring offers your choice of relaxation and recreation opportunities from soaking, to paddleboard yoga and even warm water scuba diving while exploring the crater’s depths.
 
Go for a Sleigh Ride
 
If your version of a relaxing escape involves a fairy tale, book a horse-drawn sleigh ride through snowy Willow Draw, leaving from Canyons Village. Snuggle up under a pile of blankets and enjoy the winter scenery, terrific Wasatch views and the occasional moose sighting.
 
Pair your ride with dinner at The Farm, Park City’s premier locavore restaurant where everything on the menu is sourced within 200 miles of the restaurant. Utah’s bounty is extensive, including Zoe’s Garden honey, Gold Creek cheese, Creminelli cured meats, Beehive cheese, Morgan Valley lamb and Slide Ridge honey.
 
Get in Some Retail Therapy
 
Sometimes the best getaway is an afternoon of boutique hopping—even if you’re just window shopping. Historic Park City’s shops and galleries are worthy of some serious browsing.
 
Farasha Boutique began life as a pop-up shop in New York, Santa Monica and Palm Springs before opening a brick-and-mortar location on Main Street Park City.
 
Local and international designers on the racks include Iceland’s Birna, Uruguay’s Cuca Regueira, and local design stars Zoe Zoberski, Sophie St. Claire, and Heggy Gonzalez.
 
Want to bring some Western style to your abode? Stop in at Root’d for fine home décor like Lucite mule deer antler sculptures and hand hewn oak dressers.
 
Housed in a bank that once served silver miners, Mountain Trails Gallery is filled with works by the West’s best artists, including founder and sculptor Vic Payne and dramatic cowboy portraits by Utah’s Eric Erekson.
 

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