Renovations underway at Snowbird’s Cliff Lodge & Spa

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 21, 2010 5:19 pm

The Cliff Spa at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is currently undergoing a major renovation, the first to the facility since it opened in 1987. Improvements to the Spa, located on the ninth and tenth floors of the Cliff Lodge, are expected to be completed by early December.

“For many of our guests, the experience of relaxing in the mountains is just as important to their vacation as the skiing itself,” said Snowbird President Bob Bonar. “The Spa enhancements will be a tremendous addition to our resort.”

The remodel focuses primarily on the ninth floor facilities, including the lobby, reception area, salon and retail store, main corridor, the men’s and women’s locker rooms, solarium and steam room, and the treatment hallway. New paint, tile, carpet, treatment room flooring, art, lighting, furniture and entry way design elements are all part of the improvements. In addition, a new room dedicated exclusively to Thai massage will be added, increasing the treatment room count to 21. The facilities on the tenth floor, including the rooftop pool and hot tub, fitness center and yoga studio, will remain open during the renovations.

Chase Associates, a Salt Lake City design firm, is overseeing the renovation with a strong emphasis on green products and environmentally sustainable building techniques. Elements such as stone countertops are manufactured locally, while others like cork flooring, fabrics and shower dividers utilize post-industrial and post-consumer materials.

“For years, our guests have fallen in love with our magical surroundings and incredible staff,” said Cliff Spa Director Marlen Stewart. “With this renovation, we’ll truly have exceptional facilities to match the overall experience at the Cliff Spa.”

Opened in 1987, the Cliff Spa was one of the first winter destination spas in the world and a vision of owner Dick Bass, who strove to operate Snowbird under the mission of “enhancing body, mind and spirit.” Today, the Spa offers more than 30 treatments and salon services ranging from massages and scrubs to hair and nail care as well as a picturesque yoga studio, full fitness center, rooftop pool and hot tub, eucalyptus steam room and a solarium overlooking Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. For more information on the Cliff Spa, please visit

Located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Snowbird averages an annual snowfall of 500 inches and offers the longest ski and snowboard season in Utah. Opening day for the 2010-11 season is projected for November 20, weather permitting.