SkiTrax - - Out In Front -

Wake up, have a light snack, prac­tise guided yoga for an hour, en­joy a nour­ish­ing break­fast, cross-coun­try ski for an hour or two with the guid­ance of an ex­pe­ri­enced coach, lunch, re­lax, more yoga, hot tub, eat din­ner with a glass of wine. It sounds like the life of a ski­ing celebrity, but it's becoming more and more ac­ces­si­ble with the grow­ing re­treat cul­ture at many re­sorts and lodges.

Build­ing on the pop­u­lar­ity of yoga re­treats, multi-ac­tiv­ity re­treats are also a grow­ing trend. Geared to­ward par­tic­i­pants who like a bit more car­dio­vas­cu­lar stim­u­la­tion than a day of yoga, but also crave the nour­ish­ment of stretch­ing and self-care, these re­treats com­bine the best of both worlds.

Re­treat Golden, a Golden, B.c.-based small busi­ness, of­fers yoga-in­fused trail run­ning and cross-coun­try ski re­treats on its beau­ti­ful trails. These re­treats of­fer yoga twice daily, a solid dose of cross-coun­try ski­ing or trail run­ning and all the ac­cou­trements of a fan­tas­tic week­end away: de­li­cious meals, lux­u­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tion, hot tubs and lots of time to re­lax.

“Re­treats are a re­ally great way to get into sync, or back in sync, with your body,” says founder Magi Scal­lion, a run­ner, cross-coun­try skier and busi­ness and mar­ket­ing con­sul­tant for moun­tain lovers, who has com­peted at World Moun­tain Run­ning Cham­pi­onships and in cross-coun­tryski World Cups. “While we do see a wide range of peo­ple, we find that most of our par­tic­i­pants are at a be­gin­ner-in­ter­me­di­ate level of fit­ness or abil­ity, whether in yoga, trail run­ning or cross-coun­try ski­ing. They come to learn, but, more im­por­tantly, to en­joy life and take steps to­ward chang­ing their self-care rou­tines in day-to-day life.”

Golden also pro­vides a great venue for host­ing the re­treats. Lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tions on the ski trails of Dawn Moun­tain are only five min­utes away from the ameni­ties of Kick­ing Horse Re­sort. “It's re­ally amaz­ing to be able to ski from the door of our ac­com­mo­da­tion, prac­tise yoga in the same build­ings and also be able to walk to the gon­dola to have din­ner at the award-win­ning moun­tain­top Ea­gle's Eye Restau­rant.

“Re­treat Golden is about blend­ing yoga and cross-coun­try ski­ing along with learn­ing, growth and bal­ance while hav­ing an amaz­ing time in a beau­ti­ful place.”

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