Equipped with one of the region's most comprehensive snowmaking systems, Snowshoe Mountain Resort lures snow saplings and mountain mavens alike with 60 snow-covered slopes and trails and more than a dozen summit-scaling lifts. Bring a guest for a mountain excursion and enjoy the eye-enthralling views and varying difficulties of the Northern Tract, Snowshoe Basin, Silver Creek, and Western Territory. Beginners flock to the Northern Tract for its gentle grade and wide swathes of slopes, which hone skills, refine turns, and perfect pizza-points. The Western Territory challenges mountain maneuverability via a 1,500-foot difficult drop embodied in the Cupp Run designed by Olympian Jean-Claude Killy, and double-black-diamond-rated Shay's Revenge, known for its 52% gradient, malicious moguls, and oppugnant partnership with gravity. Snowshoe Basin, on the other plank-bound foot boasts 35 trails, characterized by an 800-foot vertical drop. Shirking tradition, 12 of Silver Creek's runs break the confines of daytime, transforming into night runs for moonlight-influenced skiing.
Dianna Rudolph, owner of D?tente Spa Services, is trained in the art of skin and body rejuvenation. As a certified massage therapist, she soothes soft tissue with therapeutic kneading and just the right amount of pressure. Also a licensed aesthetician and nail tech, she clears pores during facials, and pampers natural nails with mani-pedis that include sugar scrubs and massages.
At Petite Retreat, seasoned stylists hone hair into chic shape. Under track lighting, Petite Retreat's floors tick with the snip of scissors as stylists chisel the stagnant ?dos of men, women, and children into finished masterpieces.
The nail artisans at Southern Style Salon treat fingers and toes to a mani-pedi that both relaxes and beautifies. During the one-hour treatment, caretakers soak and soften all 20 nails and cuticles before trimming and tidying them. As they buff away calluses from soles, nail nurses massage thumbs left tense from hitchhiking to the Arctic Circle and ankles sore from playing footsie with a peg-legged pirate. A fresh coat of lacquer colors nails with a new shade, signifying the arrival of fall or the election of a new county controller.
• For $35, you get a one-hour massage (a $75 value). • For $45, you get a deep pore-cleansing facial (a $90 value). • For $150, you get 20 units of Botox (a $300 value). Med Spa of Virginia mitigates bodily tension, rejuvenates skin surfaces, and reduces the appearance of facial wrinkles with a variety of spa services. Guests sip on complimentary organic tea or lemon spa water in the relaxation room before receiving their selected spa service or top-secret mission. Sprawl out in one of five private treatment rooms as a one-hour Swedish or deep-tissue massage relieves stress, increases circulation, and alleviates general fatigue and sore spots.
Like a cottage out of a fairy tale, A Petite Retreat is framed by lush greenery and cobblestone pathways. Thankfully, there are no wolves in disguise roaming the halls of this charming spa?only the faint aroma of lavender and a friendly staff that will lead you to a private treatment room.
That?s not to say an experience at A Petite Retreat is anything less than enchanting. The spa?s two licensed massage therapists come equipped with organic healing ointments and warm heating pads that prepare muscles for custom Swedish and deep-tissue massages. The duo?s facials brighten complexions with vitamin-C and grape-vine extracts, and their body scrubs soften skin with an aquatic blend of mud and sea salt as they croon relaxing whale songs.