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I interrupt this vacation to remind you to relax.
spa-amangani-blog-jackson-hole(Pictured: Amangani)

It’s a tough call, which spa to frequent on your ski trip. The inevitability of taking an afternoon off for a spa visit or massage is a no brainer, the tough question is… Where should you go? I’ve been on a few tables in town, and here are my favorites and why.
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If you want the whole spa experience, ie, access to a steam room, sauna, maybe even an indoor hot tub, my favorite is the Four Seasons. These people know how to do luxury, and let’s be honest they invented it. The spa here has all of the bells and whistles, steam room, sauna, whirlpool, cold plunge, and a spa lounge stocked full of all of your favorite magazines, tea, and seats in front of a fireplace that you won’t want to leave. These are all associated with the women’s locker room, (think soft robes, cucumber water, amazing products) and are free of charge with your treatment. In other words… go early, or plan to stay late.
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If you’ve got a friend who wants to join, bring a bottle of champagne and a few glasses to top it all off. Now that’s a good time.

Another option for a spa experience (and I recommend this if you are more interested in the massage than the amenities) is to find a place that just offers treatments, and focuses directly on that experience. The thing is, the big spas and hotels as great as they are… they’re busy. If you want a massage that will change your freaking body, go here:

Expect to leave a different person. It’s good enough to miss a powder day for…. (but don’t tell anyone I said that). Unbeknownst to me, this place is actually rated number one in trip advisor. There’s a reason for that, the therapists who work there are career therapists and they love their job. In other words, this isn’t a walk around the table ask you how your day is going, walk around the table some more kind of place. Expect Greatness. If I can’t convince you, read their reviews on trip advisor and that should do the trick. The other great thing about this place is that even though its not attached to a world-class hotel, it still feels like a luxurious and clean space. The décor is modern and comfortable, and the rooms are big and peaceful. The place is the whole package.

I had the pleasure of getting a massage from Jenal Menola who is brand new to town, and has a lot to offer. Amongst a seriously impressive resume including the Bellagio for 5 years, this woman has magic hands. Here she is below, precious woman, she had my muscles reeling with perfection.
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As any ski town would have, here’s a lot to choose from here as far as massage therapists and spas go. I’ve visited a fair amount of them, but not them all, so forgive me if my biases stood out based on my experiences.

I hope you find the time to indulge yourself this winter, be it your vacation or just trying to make it through another winter of beating up your body on the slopes.

Here’s my consolidated list of favorites:

1. Profile Massage
2. Four Seasons (ask for Barbara Dussalt if you want an amazing massage)
3. Amangani Spa, (no pool access, but you won’t need it)
4. Mountain Lotus Massage (not a spa, but Kim Young is goooooood….)
5. Tootsie’s Foot Lounge (they will make ski boots all but disappear, and they’re really affordable).