Chill out and relax at Cliff Lodge


(Photo by Forrest Rhinehart)

Once you’ve successfully completed a day on the slopes and your body is failing you, it is important to factor in some time for rest and relaxation.

One of the best places to unwind after a long, cold day of shredding powder is the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort. The lodge is open year-round and houses the Cliff Spa, which features everything you need to refresh and warm up at the end of the day.

The spa is open to anybody, not just those who have a room in the lodge, which is great for Salt Lake locals or visitors who just want to drive up the canyon for a day. The Cliff Spa features a wide variety of amenities for a fairly low price. For $25, you get a pass to the spa, which includes access to the steam room, dry sauna, locker room, rooftop pool and hot tub, tea and comfy chairs in the solarium, and a robe and slippers for use in the spa. If you elect to bring your own sandals and robe you can save $5.

The spa, unlike a lot of places, also allows its patrons to bring in their own food. You can plant yourself on the roof or at one of the tables in the solarium for snacks and drinks.

The spa’s rooftop hot tub and pool offer an amazing panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, which is pretty much unbeatable. This spot alone is worth the $25 fee. Snow or shine, this is the perfect place to relax and unwind on a winter day. The hot tub is large enough for a small crowd and has jets and bubbles to soothe aching muscles. When you get overheated you can take a dip in the slightly less heated pool.

During the winter months, the Salt Lake Valley often becomes clouded with a thick layer of unhealthy air. It’s nice to get away from the smog every now and then, and the eucalyptus steam room will make you feel like you’re taking a breath for the very first time. Eucalyptus and steam open up your lungs and soothe dry winter skin. After 15 minutes of soaking in the steam, you are guaranteed to feel refreshed and revitalized.

Once you’re done there, you can kick back in one of the comfy chairs lining the solarium. The room is quiet, with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on the ski slopes. You can watch the skiers or plan your next run while sipping a cup of one of the multiple varieties of teas available to spa patrons. If you happen to have some extra cash and feel like treating yourself after conquering the slopes, the spa also offers treatments, such as massages, facials, and pedicures.

The lodge has a lot more to offer than just proximity to the slopes. There’s a restaurant and lodging, too, but the Cliff Spa is by far the most rejuvenating, preparing your body for more runs down the mountain.

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