Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Four Types of Ski Trip Day Spa

Relaxation is often underrated at these times but it's a very important part of your ski trip. Thus, attending a day spa is a fulfilling part of one's itinerary to complete your mountaintop vacation. However, there are some factors to consider with the various spa services. Engaging in all of them would take an entire day of pampering. Most vacationers wish to make the most of their limited time at the ski resort compounds. You can probably choose one type of day spa service that is closest to your itinerary (especially if your schedule is rigid). Here are some of them:

A massage is the proverbial cornerstone of the day spa industry. The reason why individuals are most likely to schedule a massage appointment than relatively any type of personal care service is because of its broad coverage. They also have a more practical benefits than other options because each form of massage has it's own specific appeal. Examples of different massages include siatsu (Japanese), lomi-lomi (Hawaiian), Swedish and Thai. Don't forget to include the therapy stones, Ventosa candles and the good old Chinese acupuncture.

Baths have been a common relief for luxurious day spa treatments since the ancient Roman era. This practice has been preserved and cultivated up to the modern times, owing to its many current varieties. Just like massage, baths have positive therapeutic effects. Choose from hot springs to a Jacuzzi, steam room, or the snazzy Hydropool.

Day spas also include amazing wellness programs one can avail in a luxurious resort. In fact, ski vacation packages might cater to non-skiers interested in personal development sessions. Activities like yoga, tai chi, and aromatherapy are just among the interesting examples of wellness instruction and coaching. This type of day spa service brings a treasure trove of physical enhancement knowledge and wisdom to vacationers on their way home.

Who can forget about the beautification and grooming services! Ladies (and I am sure some males will admit they don't mind it as well) cannot help but pamper themselves after some time on the slopes. They may not be as beneficial for a skiers' soreness as the previously mentioned options, but hey a vacation is a vacation. Often you are able to choose from a pedicure, manicure, waxing, tanning, and facial.

Most day spa outlets are available at top-notch ski resorts. Pampering yourself is a great way to make your ski trip worthwhile. Make the most of your time off the powder, by taking care of your self with the available treatments like these. 

Friday, January 02, 2015

Planning Ski Trip Expenditures

One of the most important things to consider before heading out on your ski trip is knowing how much you want be spend while there. Though traveling may entail serious amounts of money, serious calculation will help you save large expenses. There are several questions you should answer in order to come up with an accurate calculation. Here are some of the queries you need to consider for your spending:

What accommodations will I have?
The most basic information needed to start your trip planning is what type of lodging you would like. These options will vary according to what destination you plan on going to but options may include a resort lodge, cabin, chateau, condo, townhouse or hotel. Choosing what type of accommodation may come down to how much comfort and privacy you're willing to pay for. Dormitory style lodging is cheap but they often come with the usual inconveniences like using community bathrooms and basic sleeping arrangements. Individual cabins are relatively pricey, but they provide the kind of coziness and ease resembling your very own home. 

How many days will I stay?
Once you know where you would like to stay, determine how long that stay will be. By opting to stay at a less expensive venue, you may be able to adding an additional day of being on the slopes! Or if a specific property has an extra-night special running for your travel period, how can you turn that down. Knowing your accommodations and duration set the ground for everything else. 

What do I need to bring?
After choosing a type of accommodation, your next concern is your supplies. You can choose whether to bring your own food, buy groceries from ski towns or avail for buffet meals at the restaurant. Access to your food supplies often depend on where you are staying. Aside from that, you also have to consider volume of luggage that will be brought. This can include (unless they are being rented) ski equipment, ski attire, non-ski attire, and the day to day items like toothpaste and hand warmers.

Will I be taking part in other activities?
If you plan on just skiing, it's pretty straightforward. But the restaurants, ski shop, nightlife, etc. can be pretty enticing after a long day on the slopes. These things might be harder to plan down to the exact detail, but in general should plan to leave some room in the budget depending on what other activities you may be considering.

As a result of answering these questions, planning on your ski trip expenditures should give you a relatively good idea on the kind of vacation experience you'll be having!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

We're giving it away... literally!

Since we're celebrating the spirit of giving during this festive Holiday season, we thought we would share with you some exciting things we we've been able to hand out recently.

As many of you know, we are frequent participants at both the Toronto Snow Show and the Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo. It's been a tradition of ours to join up with some of our resort partners to offer some great giveaways to our exciting destinations, and it's our pleasure to announce this years winners.

Tom P. of Boston was our winner of a 3 night midweek stay at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in beautiful Lake Placid.

Frances G of Kleinberg, ON was awarded a 2 night stay at the Chateau Mont Sainte Anne along with a couple of days of ski tickets for Mont Sainte Anne and Stoneham.

Anthony M. of Attleboro, MA  received a 3 night stay with 3 days of skiing at the Keystone Lodge & Spa at Keystone Resort in Colorado.

Mandy F. of Brampton, ON snagged a 4 night mini-week with the Banff Lodging Company including 3 days of skiing.

Mike H. of Peabody, MA got himself a 4 night stay at the slopeside Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Garrett Q. of Cambridge, MA and Caitlin K. of Toronto both scored two night stays with Les Suites Tremblant including 2 days of skiing.

Congratulations to all of our winners, and a big thanks to everyone who stopped by to visit with us in Toronto and Boston.

Happy New Year to one and all!

Friday, December 05, 2014

How to cope with cold during your ski trip

Keeping yourself warm is an important thing to do during every ski trip. That’s why you need the right outfit to compensate the temperature. Otherwise, you won’t completely enjoy your ski escapade if you are literally "chilling".

Aside from the right outfit, take note also of these things:

It's cold up there, even when it's sunny
Don't be fooled but the bright sun, the slopes are cold. This is due to the strong winds that block the heat of the sun - it's the wind chill factorBefore your trip, check online the chill wind chart to know the status of winter winds and the dangers of freezing temperature for your destination.

Bring on the layers
It’s not only about the right outfit, it’s also about how you wear it. The most recommended method is to dress in layers. This helps you conserve more heat in your body and helps stabilizes your body temperature as much as possible.

To dress in layers, there is a suggested three layer system:
Base layer:
  • For upper body, wear a thermal body shirt
  • For lower body, put on thermal pants and ski socks
Second layer:
  • For upper body, put on a fleece jacket or sweater
  • For lower body, ski pants followed by ski boots
Last layer:
  • For upper body, wear a waterproof and wind-stopping ski jacket
  • For your head protection, use ski helmet, hat or bonnet and ski goggles
  • Lastly, don't forget the ski gloves

Be active
To add more heat in your body, be active. For instance, have some warm-up routines like jumping jacks, walk lunges or squats before you start a run. This way, your body generates heat up to six times more than just sitting.

Apply lip balm or moisturizer
Lip balm contains vitamins A, C, and E that prevent chap, dry and swollen lips due to the cold and windy weather.

Eat the right food
During ski trips, what you eat plays a big role in coping with the cold. Eat food that's rich in carbohydrates and sugar because these can quickly give your body much-needed heat and energy.

In addition, avoid alcohol and cigarettes. Although alcohol and cigarettes could make you feel less cold for a while, they hinder blood circulation.

Lastly, acclimatize yourself a day or so on the mountain. Otherwise, you'll possibly get an Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which symptoms include headache, lightheadedness, shortness of breathe and nausea. But, don't worry. With awareness, planning and prevention, stay warm on your ski trip and enjoy all that it has to offer.

Thursday, December 04, 2014