Posted by Anne Fitzgerald, Globe Travel Editor February 24, 2010 06:39 AM
You donít have to dive into the snow at Whistlerís Scandinave Spa, but cold-water dunks are part of the purifying experience. Located in a forest of cedar and spruce 1 mile north of Whistler Village in British Columbia, the spa opened two weeks ago, in time for the Winter Olympic Games.
Sit in a eucalyptus steam bath, soak in outdoor thermal pools, or duck under a cascading waterfall before plunging into the frigid pools. Then relax on an Adirondack chair in one of the solariums. The spaís hot-cold-relaxation approach aims to cleanse the body, improve circulation, and release feel-good hormones.
Itís open to anyone 19 or older, rain, shine, or snow. 888-935-2423, www.Scandinave.com
Posted by Kari Bodnarchuk, Globe correspondent
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