It's been more than six decades since Stein Eriksen won gold at the 1952 Oslo Olympic Winter Games, but the famed skier still influences the sport, especially at Stein Eriksen Lodge. Located halfway up the mountains, the resort serves as an active tribute to Mr. Eriksen's career. The thrills are fast, with skiers soaring down slopes like delicious rocket popsicles, pausing only briefly to take in the scenery: rolling mountainsides and vibrant pine trees in every direction.
Something different happens within the onsite spa, however. From the outside, its vaulted ceilings and cobbled stone exterior make it look like a quintessential European ski lodge. The 23,000-square-foot interior, however, seems to exist on another plane. Time slows down, and the world outside melts into an oasis of massages, facials, and pedicures. A crackling fireplace casts soft light over an exclusive relaxation suite, which connects to two couple's rooms with private showers and baths. Here, massage therapists and their nimble fingers can knead muscles as paramours relax side by side.
Not surprisingly, many other services—doled out in 16 additional treatment rooms—focus on the effects of elevation. The High Altitude Relief Package combines three hours of massage, hydrating treatments, and aromatherapy specifically designed for living in thin air. Additional spa areas focus on the aesthetic. Mani-pedi stations pamper hands and feet, while an onsite salon sees stylists snipping hair and creating dynamic highlights.
For lodge guests, the spa team happily brings their services right into a room or suite. There are still plenty of reasons to venture outside, however. Every spa treatment grants complimentary access to the sauna, a heated outdoor pool, and many other amenities that helped The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge earn a five-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide.
The welcoming stylists at Vicky N Friends Salon specialize in haircuts for men, women, and kids. Ocean-blue dividers separate each hair station, providing guests with their own semiprivate beauty lagoons as stylists cut, dye, or perm locks. Along with haircare, the salon also provides mani-pedis and waxing.
Always Beautiful makes sure its guests are swaddled from head to toe in image-enhancing services that range from chic haircuts to body waxings to pedicures capped off with glitter polish. HydraFacials sweep away brown spots, blackheads, and acne, readying faces for applications of permanent eyeliner and third eyes. Below the surface, aestheticians concentrate on stamping out headaches and allergies with ear candling treatments that originated centuries ago by the Egyptians.
Inside Sola Salon Studios, Janine Calderwood snips and styles strands from behind her styling chair. She uses her scissors to craft stylish coifs, ranging from short, chic bobs to long, luxurious layers. The stylist also administers smoothing Brazilian blowouts, which leave manes sleek, shiny, frizz-free, and easier to manage. In addition to haircare services, Janine accentuates eyes with lash extensions.
Half salon and spa, half fashion boutique, Pure Beauty Salon has every facet of beauty covered. Stylists make over manes using popular product lines such as Joico, Moroccanoil, and color by Wella, leaving heads looking chic and ready to reward themselves with one of the shop's colorful or animal print scarves. Guests can inquire about colored hair extensions to match the hue from just-purchased earrings or pick out a new handbag to coordinate fingertips coated in OPI polish or CND shellac. Between shopping and stints in the styling chair, guests can also get eyelash extensions from the eyelash specialist or seek out the salon's skincare sage and master aesthetician, Valerie, who keeps skin looking soft and smooth with facials and waxing services for the full body.
When the team members at Sampan aren't searing pieces of chicken and shrimp for pairing with snow peas, peppers, and spicy sauces, they're engaging with the community and making charitable donations to organizations such as the United Way. The menu samples the cuisines of countries across Asia with portions of chicken pad thai ($8.95) and vietnamese vermicelli with egg rolls ($7.95), with more classic Chinese plates including cashew chicken ($7.25), pork chow mein ($8.95), and a shrimp combo meal with lobster sauce and choice of rice and soup ($9.95).