Whether you’ve spent the day skiing Fairmont or have been boarding in Banff, set some time aside to pamper yourself – you are on vacation, after all.

Finding a spa to relax and unwind in is a great way to ease aching muscles from a hard day on the slopes. You might visit a spa for a day or you might choose to stay at a hotel with its own on site so all those spa facilities are right on your doorstep. Whichever you choose, here are some of the nicest spas in the Sunshine Village area of the Canadian Rockies in Alberta province.

Post Hotel and Spa, Lake Louise


Post Hotel and Spa, Lake Louise

The Temple Mountain Spa is a blissful sanctuary that takes you away from the chaos of the slopes. It’ll have a profound effect on your health and wellness, not to mention the fact that there are plenty of beauty and massage therapies available in case you want to pamper yourself even further.

If you’re vacationing with your partner, treat yourselves to a couple’s massage where you can unwind side-by-side with your own personal therapist in the same room. You can choose from an aromatherapy, relaxation or therapeutic massage. This is a great way to end an exciting trip.

Caribou Lodge and Spa, Banff

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Caribou Lodge and Spa, Banff

Just 10 minutes from the center of Banff, this lodge makes a fantastic base for all your snow activities. By day, make use of the ski shuttle that will take you from the lodge’s door to wherever you need to go. By night, take advantage of the huge hot tub and Red Earth spa.

If you fancy a girl’s week away in a snowy paradise, this is the hotel for you. It’s a luxurious lodge that oozes Canadian charm and character. Being so close to the action means that you’re never stuck for things to do, be it some extra fun on the slopes or a healthy dose of aprés ski.

The Caribou Lodge also boasts its own steakhouse, to which a visit would no doubt be welcomed after a day of skiing followed by a soak in that hot tub.

Pleiades Spa, Radium Hot Springs

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Pleiades Spa, Radium Hot Springs

Less than two miles from the town of Radium, the hot springs are a great choice when you fancy a day off during your ski trip. The spa is centered on the elements of earth, air, fire and water so you’ll find treatments and therapies based around all of these.

Relax with an aromatherapy massage designed to detox the body then hop into the hot spring plunge pool to relax your muscles even further. Spending a day getting pampered is the perfect way to recharge your batteries before a day of exploring the slopes, trying something new and pushing yourself to the limit.

Spa at the Fairmont, Lake Louise

Whether you’re sore from a day of challenging runs or have been learning to ski or snowboard for the first time, you definitely deserve some time away from the slopes to relax, repair sore muscles and catch up with friends.

Discuss the day’s adventures in the steam room before a relaxing swim in the heated pool. If you are aching from your time on the slopes, this kind of gentle exercise can be really beneficial. If you really want to halt that muscle soreness, step under one of the cold showers. Not only will it do wonders for your circulation, but you’ll be ache-free in the morning, too.

The Fairmont spa also offers a range of treatments including Moroccan Oil and Aveda hair salon services. You could get your hair styled for a night of aprés ski, or you could breathe life back into locks that have been stuck under a hat or helmet for a week.

Grotto Pool and Spa, Banff

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Grotto Pool and Spa, Banff

This spa is located within the Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge but is open to non-residents. If you haven’t had enough of a workout on the slopes, there’s a well- equipped fitness room with weights and complimentary fruit and water.

If you’re visiting the spa to relax then you can spend some time in the heated mineral pool, hot tub, or eucalyptus steam room. Lose yourself in a good book as you lounge by the pool or spend some time flicking through the range of magazines on offer.

If you fancy a massage, facial, body wrap or something else from the extensive treatment menu, booking is essential as there’s only one therapist on site.

Whether you want to pamper yourself during a girl’s week away or give a bit of TLC to sore muscles, a spa day or evening makes a great addition to any winter vacation.