For years I have been trying to find an excuse to visit the much touted Scandinave Spa in Whistler. My husband and I recently found our window of opportunity, after spending the morning on the slopes, and then sneaking over to the spa before the kids were finished ski school for the day. As it turned out, we were not the only ones with this plan. After jostling for a parking spot, we silently following a like-minded group of spa-goers along a meandering path, through a spruce forest, and towards an intriguing cloud of steam up ahead.
The spa itself is an oasis of calm (loud talkers are quickly hushed). The experience uses the principles of hydrotherapy, with pools of contrasting temperatures to revitalize, maintain and restore health. There are also steam rooms, saunas, frigid outdoor nordic showers, and quiet sitting areas with scenic views from which one can be alone with their thoughts (perfect for moms who cannot hear themselves think most of the time).
confession: I loathe cold water and simply could not bring myself to go into the cold pools, even for the sake of this article. By the look of it, I was not alone (they were almost always empty). Being 1/8th Norwegian, my husband felt obligated to take an icy plunge and seemed quite revitalized by the experience.
For those who have the time, the nordic spa and bath experience can be combined with a signature Swedish, deep tissue, thai yoga and even prenatal massage experience. To avoid the crowds, book an early morning or end of day appointment on a weekday, which also gives you access to discounted rates. Towels are included, but if you would like a robe it is an additional $12 (included if you book a massage experience). Please note that the spa is very popular and you must book your time ahead (even if you are just visiting the baths).
For more information, please see the Scandinave Spa Whistler website.
Want a further peek? Here is a 30 second video.