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Fitness and Spas
Deciding to get a massage or spa treatment is the easy part—deciding where to get it is a bigger problem, because there are many outstanding spas and health clubs in the area.
Aria Athletic Club & Spa. This is one of the best places in Vail to be pampered. If you're up for a full-spa experience, ask about the Songs of the Mountain packages, which will fill your day with several hours of treatments. This 78,000-square-foot facility in the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa also has racquetball, basketball, tennis courts, and a 12-foot bouldering wall. They also offer a "Work Hard, Play Hard" altitude training program to help sharpen the skills of golfers, tennis players, rock climbers, and people who love obstacle-course races. 1300 Westhaven Dr., Vail, CO, 81657. 970/479-5942 or 888/824-5772. www.vailcascade.com.
Sonnenalp Spa. This lovely spa in Sonnenalp Resort is a European-style facility where you can relax on one of the lounge chairs around a crackling fireplace as you sip juice from the nearby bar. Aspen trees stand over the heated outdoor tranquility pool, which has its own waterfall. Quench parched skin with a moisturizing HydraFacial, which diminishes wrinkles and shrinks pores (it's similar to microdermabrasion, but without the redness). You can also reduce altitude headaches with a hit from the oxygen bar. Beyond the massages and body wraps, you can stimulate other senses with sound, vibration, and light therapies. Any treatment longer than an hour will cost a pretty penny, but the serene, inviting atmosphere is worth it for a splurge. Book ahead for manicures and pedicures—they fill up year-round. Nonguests can use the facilities for $35 a day. 20 Vail Rd., Vail, CO, 81657. 970/479–5404. www.sonnenalp.com.
Vail Athletic Club at Vitality Center. Staying at the Vail Mountain Lodge can be a life-changing experience, thanks to the 18,000-square-foot Vitality Center, which can address every conceivable health need. A panel of staff experts—including personal trainers, physical therapists, nutritionists, internal medicine specialists, and yoga instructors—work together to balance body and mind. Training takes place in the Vail Athletic Club, home to Vail's only indoor climbing wall, and top-of-the-line cardio and weight machines. If you'd rather get outside, take the resistance-training class in the mountains. Afterward, unwind in the quiet, eucalyptus-scented spa, where a deep-tissue massage can hone in on trouble spots and a signature Dr. Harushka facial uses gentle, organic oils. Treatments are pricier than most in the area, but the staff is among the best. 352 E. Meadow Dr., Vail, CO, 81657. 970/476–7960 or 888/794–0410. www.vailvitalitycenter.com.
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