DENVER– For many, ringing in the new year will mean making resolutions for a healthier 2016, and there is no better place to be inspired to meet those goals than in Colorado. As one of the most active and outdoorsy states in the nation, Colorado promotes personal health through outdoor adventures, relaxation, healing arts and more. Below is a sampling of health and wellness destinations, experiences and events throughout the state to motivate memorable New Year’s resolutions. For more, visit www.COLORADO.com.
Chicks Climbing and Skiing (Ouray). Chicks Climbing and Skiing empowers women through mountain sports and offers a variety of clinics and programs. Chicks with Picks, now in its 16th year, utilizes the world-class Ouray Ice Park to teach women of all skill levels how to ice climb efficiently and manage climbing systems. Chicks also offers Chicks Rock, women’s rock climbing clinics and new this year, Chicks with Stix, a women’s ski and snowboard program that covers a variety of clinics, from backcountry avalanche education to powder skiing and ski mountaineering.
Carmichael Training Systems (Colorado Springs). Home to Carmichael Training System’s corporate headquarters, Colorado Springs boasts some of the best endurance training environments in the world. Located at 6,200 feet above sea level, it is high enough to benefit from altitude training but low enough that sea level athletes can train effectively from day one. For a weekend or a week, participants get the opportunity to eat, sleep, and train like a full-time athlete, combining great bike rides with one-on-one instruction from professional coaches.
Copper Woodward Camp (Copper Mountain). A year-round action sport training camp invites guests of all ages to engage in summer camps, winter camps, drop in sessions, private lessons and more. During the summer, campers can choose dates that offer exclusive camps dedicated to snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, etc. In the winter, all camp dates are focused on two-day freestyle camps where campers will spend half their days in the Barn, a 19,400 square-foot indoor facility equipped with Olympic trampolines, pump tracks, ramps and foam pits. The second part of campers’ days will be spent at Woodward’s award-winning outdoor terrain parks.
Revitalizing Spa Retreats:
Allegria Spa (Beaver Creek). The hydrotherapy techniques at Allegria Spa alternate hot and cold temperatures to restore the body and promote wellness. Modeled after ancient Roman baths and the origins of spa, the healing waters are complimentary when done before any service such as a hot stone massage, reflexology session, facial etc. The fitness center at Allegria Spa encourages wellness through exercise with classes including kinesis, yoga, Pilates, outdoor programs and group fitness workouts.
St. Regis Resort (Aspen). Three nights in Aspen are all it takes to revitalize with the St. Regis Resort’s Mountain Reboot program. From January 1 to April 17, 2016, groups of two can enjoy cold-pressed juices delivered every morning, guided fat bike tours, customized 60-minute massages and yoga sessions at Shakti Shala, Aspen’s newest yoga studio.
Vitality Center (Vail). The spa at the Vitality Center at Vail Mountain Lodge is one component dedicated to recharging and replenishing guest’s vital energy for overall health and well-being. Relaxing massages, anti-aging facials, signature spa scrubs, wraps and a new Magnesium Wellness treatment for sore, stressed muscles helps guests feel their best. A fitness center, yoga studio and medical and holistic services are also available at the center for a wholesome experience.
Healing Hot Springs:
Spa of the Rockies (Glenwood Springs). The Spa of the Rockies at Glenwood Hot Springs, home to the world’s largest hot springs pool, offers a 90-minute Ultimate Zen package that aims to heal every part of the body with therapeutic minerals, shea butter and soothing oils. Aromatherapy, a therapeutic soak in the thermal hot springs, exfoliating body scrub, Swedish massage and more are sure to ease the tightest of tensions.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs (Steamboat Springs). The wilderness setting of Strawberry Park Hot Springs highlights the rustic beauty of the Yampa Valley. Here, several hot pools of varying temperatures are fed by the natural spring water and the rushing Hot Spring Creek. Guests can enjoy a massage in private massage huts or a watsu therapy in the hot spring’s private pool. Several miles of trails surrounding the hot springs invite guests to snowshoe through National Forest lands.
Valley View Hot Springs (Villa Grove). With natural rock ponds, a chlorine-free swimming pool and a hydroelectric sauna, the Valley View Hot Springs offer a variety of soaking options in a diverse ecosystem rich with wildlife, birds, bats and plant life. Guests can choose to camp on-site or choose from historic lodging options. For those looking to enhance their stay, massage therapists are located on-site.
Self-Awareness through Yoga:
Blissful Spirit Retreat (Central City). For those searching for their spiritual path, a cozy mountain getaway at Blissful Spirit Retreat allows for relaxing, reflection and renewal through a variety of retreat options that focus on integrating yoga, meditation and breathing work to stimulate the energy flow in the body. Guests have their choice of lodging in private or shared suites at the Hooper Homestead Guest Quarters. Fresh juices are made daily for specific ailments and spa treatments along with healing therapies make for an all around holistic stay.
Shoshoni Yoga Retreat (Rollinsville). Located at 8,500 feet in the mountains above Boulder, Shoshoni Yoga Retreat invites guests to participate in their yoga and meditation retreats. Guests can stay for one night, a weekend or more. Each day, two yoga and two meditation classes are offered and vegetarian meals are sourced from the organic gardens on the grounds. On their free time, visitors can relax in the sauna or hot tub and explore hiking trails and meditation shrines. To personalize the retreat, one-on-one classes may be scheduled.
True Nature Healing Arts Center (Carbondale). A healing sanctuary in the Roaring Fork Valley at the base of Mt. Sopris, True Nature is a two-story building surrounded by a tranquil Peace Garden, with a reflexology path, labyrinth, fire circle with natural earthen couches, and outdoor yoga spiral and spaces. Inside the center, visitors will find yoga classes and a kitchen that serves dairy free, gluten free, non-GMO meals that are always organic and designed to nourish deeply.
Health and Wellness Inspired Events:
June 9—12, 2016: WOW Festival (Telluride). Weekend of Wellness combines mental and physical inspiration with a mix of sweat-inducing classes (yoga, boot camp, TRX and indoor cycling, to name a few) and thought-provoking lectures from athletes, trainers, coaches and even a sports psychologist. The scenic beauty of Telluride cannot be ignored as festival goers are given the option of participating in group activities throughout the town such as mountain climbing, mountain and road biking, hiking and active workshops.
June 30—July 3, 2016: Wanderlust Festival (Snowmass). A four-day retreat in Snowmass Village invites people to practice and engage in the ideas of yoga, mindfulness, the arts, personal spirituality, environmentalism and organics. By day, dozens of world-renowned instructors lead activities ranging from ChiRunning and sunset hikes to stand-up paddle boarding and slackline yoga. Guests spend evenings enjoying delicious farm-to-table food, organic wine and campfire jams.
September 10—11, 2016: Whole Expo (Durango). Bringing together individual businesses and services, the Four Corners two-day showcase promotes holistic and ecological products, services, and seminars that support health, harmony, and spiritual awareness. Exhibitors include eco friendly products, ayurvedic health, native spiritual counseling, spas and retreats, homeopathy, essential oils and much more.
Select Summer 2016 Dates: Yoga on the Rocks (Morrison). Where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a geological phenomenon known for hosting incredible concerts. For a few select dates in the summer, guests are invited to bring their yoga mats to workout with hundreds of other yogis in the early morning. Beginning at 7 a.m., Corepower Yoga instructors will lead the one-hour sessions. After the guided workout, guests can explore more of Red Rocks by hiking the surrounding trails or running the steps of the amphitheater.