Best Health - - YOU -

If you hear “re­treat” and im­me­di­ately think “work,” you’re wrong. A wine-happy, gym-free get­away with your best girl­friends at a swank chalet could be just what you need – even if you’re not a skier. At Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler, BC, on the shores of a sparkling glacier-fed lake, hop on the gon­dola and catch the Peak 2 Peak. Gaze at spec­tac­u­lar views of forests, lakes and glaciers while travers­ing the tops of Whistler and Black­comb moun­tains.

Am­ple re­search links your mere pres­ence in na­ture to men­tal and phys­i­cal health ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing a 2015 study by Stan­ford Univer­sity which showed that spend­ing 90 min­utes in na­ture led to re­duced blood flow to parts of the brain associated with ru­mi­na­tion – that’s neg­a­tive thought pat­terns and a propen­sity to over­think and ob­sess over bad sit­u­a­tions. Count on two hours to get 6,000 feet up Black­comb Moun­tain, en­joy lunch at Chris­tine’s and get back down again.

Klutzes on the slopes should strap on a pair of snow­shoes in­stead – you’ll burn about 500 calo­ries an hour, which will come in very handy come din­ner. Back at the lodge, get your girls to the cozy Fix Fon­due Hut to share a Euro­pean-style, three-course fon­due feast, fol­lowed by après-ski cock­tails in the Cure Lounge. Don’t feel guilty if you go a bit over­board be­cause you’ll start the next day with a clean-liv­ing short­cut, Hol­ly­wood-style: an IV well­ness treat­ment at the spa. “We take a ba­sic med­i­cal his­tory of ev­ery­thing from en­ergy lev­els and skin health, to di­ges­tion and men­tal health,” says Dr. Dawn Gareau, a natur­o­pathic doc­tor at Nita Lake Lodge. She then cre­ates a cus­tom­ized cock­tail of nu­tri­ents, vitamins and an­tiox­i­dants to be main­lined right into your blood­stream.

Your job? “Just re­lax, get com­fort­able and let the IV do its magic,” she says. It’s com­mon to feel an im­me­di­ate surge of en­ergy and fo­cus, which will be very help­ful for your fi­nal girlie out­ing: a re­lax­ing 1.5-hour yoga class over­look­ing the moun­tains. Hop on the shut­tle home, feel­ing equal parts re­laxed and to­tally re­ju­ve­nated.

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