A great winter getaway is all about balance. Embrace the cold with a ski trip — just make sure there’s an amazing spa to warm you up afterward. We found the top spots across the U.S. that have the best of both worlds, and they’re just a vacation day request away.
The distance: 3 hours, 45 minutes direct flight from Chicago
The slopes: Just east of Salt Lake City, Park City has legendary powder. Whether you’re skiing at Park City Mountain or Deer Valley, the town’s two biggest resorts, your descent will be silky-smooth thanks to the fluffy lake effect snow off the Great Salt Lake. Also epic: Utah Olympic Park, which lets you board bobsleds and jettison along an icy track up of 70 mph.
The spa: The Grand Summit Hotel’s spa has just what the doctor ordered après ski: a therapeutic leg recovery massage ($170/50 minutes), which immerses your lower legs in cooling compresses and uses targeted compressions to rejuvenate and mitigate swelling. parkcitymountain.com
The distance: 3 hours, 20 minutes direct flight from Chicago
The slopes: From soaring above Jackson Hole in a paraglider to hiking Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming is a winter wonderland. Follow your whims and be sure to try nighttime skiing at Snow King Mountain, which has six beginner trails and 13 intermediate trails on the Grand Teton Mountains. The trails are lit but the dark sky adds a pulse-quickening element.
The spa: SpaTerre at Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa features a massive rooftop hot tub with showstopping mountain views. Take it in, as well as a spa treatment incorporating local ingredients like mud, spring water, honey, and wildflowers. They’re used in restorative scrubs, massages and facials. tetonlodge.com
Fly from Chi: 3 hours, 10 minutes direct flight from Chicago
The slopes: Traveling to Vail is like journeying to the Alps, minus the passport. The Bavarian-inspired town has one of the largest ski resorts on Earth, with 5,000-plus acres of skiable snow. The Northeast Bowl is popular for its numerous trails, serene skiing, and a gondola that opens early and runs late. Plus, skiers can glide right into Vail Village or Lionshead Village for a well-earned spa treatment.
The spa: The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort features a chic, Alpine-inspired spa with gorgeous mountain views. New this year, the spa added a flotation tank that invites guests to dip into their own oversized tub filled with warm water saturated with 800 pounds of Epsom salts (prices vary). The floating reduces pain, muscle tension, and stress while boosting your energy and ease of movement. lodgeatvailrockresorts.com
Fly from Chi: 2 hours into Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, then rent a car to travel 2 hours north
The slopes: This is winter fun at a less intimidating altitude. The quaint White Mountains region offers everything from ice skating to snow tubing to skiing (both cross-country and downhill). There are even guided moose tours, which take visitors to find North America’s largest land mammal.
The spa: Wind down at the North Conway Grand Hotel, the holy grail of New Hampshire resorts. The onsite spa tempts with warming massages using stones from the nearby Saco River, along with deep muscle massages, facials, body wraps. and nail treatments. northconwaygrand.com
Photo courtesy Visit Park City