| January 1, 2014 | Lifestyle
2014 is here. Our New Year’s resolution? Stay on top of our health and wellness. From a spa day to a juice cleanse and fitness regime, we round up 7 ways to keep healthy throughout this year and beyond.
The Spa at the Viceroy Snowmass offers several signature two-hour rituals to jumpstart the new year in optimal health.
East Meets West: Viceroy Spa
The 120-minute Misogi Purifying Detox Ritual ($340) channels the healing powers of Asia and is a perfect post-holiday detox or prep for a January beach sojourn. The two-hour treatment kicks off with a revitalizing bamboo and fruit enzymes body polish, followed by a cool rinse to jumpstart lymphatic flow. Next up, a detoxifying masque of Sake yeast, wasabi extract, seaweed, and red pepper to stimulate circulation and decrease fluids. An alternating cool and hot waterfall furthers the effect, followed by hot herbal compresses to battle toxins. The kicker is an exclusive slimming massage and serum that incorporates ginger and caffeine, while the piece de resistance is a multi-vitamin firming cream that hydrates and brightens the entire body. 130 Wood Rd., 970-923-8000; viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/snowmass
HI2T men Dirk Schultz (right) and Bill Fabrocini demo exercises on the effective TRX Rip trainers, which are used in their popular HI2T class.
The Aspen Peak team vouches for this results-driven fitness regime, courtesy of the Aspen Club and Spa’s head trainer Dirk Schultz. Short for high-intensity interval training, HI2T launched in January 2013, and has since been so successful that there are nearly five classes offered per day. Schultz explains, “Strength, endurance, core strength, power; all of those are going to improve, and you’re going to lose some inches around the waist. We’re working in three planes of motion—we call it working 3D. We’re using your body weight, sandbags, kettle bells, and we’re really helping people to move their bodies properly and effectively.” 1450 Crystal Lake Rd., 970-925-8900
The Auberge Spa at the Hotel Jerome’s signature treatment menu incorporates the healing powers of Aspen’s natural environment.
All About Auberge
Fall into a deep tranquil state with a signature 80-minute Sanctuary of the Mountains Body Treatment. Utilizing the abundance of Aspen’s natural resources, including clay, arnica, white willow, and calendula, this native cleanser will exfoliate and heal your body, leaving it silky smooth and ready for a prosperous 2014. 330 East Main St., 970-920-1000; hoteljerome.aubergeresorts.com
The Spring Café’s 100-percent organic juices and smoothies pack a healthy January punch.
The Honeybee Juice Co. is a local’s favorite. Owner Kate Linehan offers free juice deliveries on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so there’s no excuse for January junk food. “I want to take the fear element out of cleansing,” says Linehan. “It’s a helpful and important part of well-being.” The fruits and vegetables in each of the juices are chosen for their alkalizing properties and ability to balance blood sugar. The Honeybee Basic Juice Cleanse ($55) is a clarifying regimen that packs a potent vita punch—four green juices, one spicy lemonade, and one raw almond milk. Ute Kiosk, 501 E. Human Ave., 970-765-6889
Also visit the 100-percent organic Spring Café, which has fast become a hotspot. We can’t drink enough Spring Shake smoothies: kale, avocado, almond butter, dates, coconut water, and meat. 632 E. Hopkins Ave., 970-429-8406
The St. Regis Farm-to-Massage-Table treatment incorporates locally sourced and natural ingredients.
The farm-to-table food movement has long been part of Aspen’s dining culture, and, now, the “you are what you eat” mantra is being applied to skin as well. The unique farm-to-massage-table treatment from Remède Spa at the St. Regis Aspen incorporates all the senses–taste, touch, smell, and sight. Utilizing all natural and locally sourced ingredients, it starts with a savory and sweet scent journey and small bite, such as almond biscotti or Cabernet-Neroli, followed by a 30-minute salt scrub that employs your savory choice. Next, a 60-minute customized massage, then a “palate-cleansing” eucalyptus warm compress, and finally a 30-minute scalp massage and sweet whipped body butter application. Post-treatment indulge in a dessert and a glass of bubbly. Now that’s the way to a brighter, tastier new year. 315 E. Dean St., 970-920-3300
Free yoga atop Aspen Mountain is the ultimate start to an epic ski day.
Mountain Top Yoga
This is one reason locals brag about living here and tourists keep coming back. An only-in-Aspen moment, sun salutations at the top of Ajax will lift anyone’s spirits. This free mountaintop yoga program by the Aspen Skiing Co. is the ultimate start to any ski day. Why not usher in 2014 with some meditative reflection at 11,212 feet? Classes are held from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday during the 2013-14 ski season. Sundeck atop Aspen Mountain, 970-923-1220; aspensnowmass.com
The popular Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial has become the go-to quick fix for locals and tourists in the know.
All Hail Oxygen
We like to talk about oxygen in Aspen. Or lack thereof (at one point, we even had an oxygen bar parked atop Aspen Mountain). One local who pedals the powerful punch of O2 is Heaven on Earth Day Spa founder and health expert Pila Xian. She was one of the first in the Valley to introduce the Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial (75 minutes; $175). It infuses hydration, vitamins, and anti-oxidants into the skin via cooling, calming topical hyperbaric oxygen (via a little calming wand that works wonders). Results are immediate, and become even brighter by day two or three. 205 S. Mill St., 970-925-2278
photography by jason dewey (spring cafe)