Here is one of the many things I love about the Pacific Northwest (and I'm totally counting part of Canada in this too) - you literally can never know everything that is going on. Sometimes people ask me if I get worried I'll run out of content for Seattle Refined, we post around four stories a day - and the answers is no. I am always always always finding out new things I didn't now about this area, and there is no better example than Scandinave Spa.
If you're a local and a skier/boarder, no doubt you've been to Whistler before to experience the epic-ness that is their winter and their slopes. And even in the spring/summer, it is a great hiking and biking little town. This we all know, and this we cover again and again each year.
Somehow we missed the 25,000 square foot Nordic Day Spa minutes from Whistler Village. Maybe it's because they are so quiet over there (seriously, you're not allowed to talk in the spa).
Scandinave Spa Whistler is seriously an oasis of calm, all tucked away into the middle of a spruce and cedar forest (even though you're minutes from the highway). The whole idea is, yes - rest and relaxation - but also the process of the Scandinavian Baths Experience. You may have heard this also referred to as hydrotherapy, and is often associated with cleansing the body, stimulating blood circulation and releasing endorphins. There are many baths of varying temperatures, steam rooms and saunas - but the Spa suggests that you do it in the traditional order.
Spend 10-15 minutes in a "Hot" area. This could be any of the pools (up to 105 degrees), the thermal waterfall, wood-burning Finnish sauna or Eucalyptus steam rooms. Obviously leave as soon as you feel uncomfortable; I made it 10 minutes in the 105 degree pool but only about 2 minutes in the steam room. Generally, heat quiets and soothes the body.
If you can, spend 15-20 seconds in the cold bath, cold showers of Nordic waterfalls. This is reeeealllly hard - but an important part of the process. While we just mentioned that heat soothes the body, cold, in contrast, stimulates and invigorates, increasing internal activity. The longest I lasted in the cold plunge pool was after the steam room which was toasty - and that was probably about 10 seconds.
Finally, spend 15-20 minutes in any of the solariums, hammocks, terraces, outdoor fireplaces, trellis' or decks of the spa. There are outside and inside options, and the whole point of this step is to get your internal body temperature back to normal.
Then....repeat! All three steps make up one cycle, and the Spa encourages you to do at least three to four cycles per visit to get maximum relaxation. We also suggest doing as much as possible just to get the bang for your buck! Access to the baths are $60 per person - but you can stay as long as you like. There are also massage options, starting from $129.
So there you have it! The hidden Scandinavian Baths in Whistler you might not have know about. You're welcome.