Alpine spas

Yoga, meditation, mindfulness and bespoke diets are all the rage at alpine spas, as skiers go all out to improve

Sunday, 22 October 2017,
By Sam Lewis
Gstaad Palace, Switzerland
Gstaad Palace, Switzerland

Gut feeling
Austrian medical spa Lanserhof Lans is the destination for gut health — plus it's handily located next to Stubai Glacier, which boasts 35 downhills. After a check up by a doctor, guests get a bespoke diet programme and a package of tailored treatments. Seven nights from €1,630 (£1,429)pp. 

Height of relaxation
Not only does Austrian ski-in, ski-out hotel Holzhotel Forsthofalm offer yoga programmes to help you stretch, strengthen and relax (on an terrace with incredible views), it's also built from 'moonwood' — said to enhance natural sleep, which can suffer at altitude.

Steamy yoga
Jasna Adventures, in Slovakia, offers post-ski yoga at the thermal springs at Celtic Sauna World, Tatralandia. Seven nights from £895pp.

At a stretch
Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats offers one-to-one or group yoga sessions in Verbier for skiers, to help minimise injury and maximise recovery.

Mindful skiing
If a mental block is hindering your progress on the piste, book a break in Chamonix with Hip Chalets and join former pro skier (and keen yogi) Jamie Strachan for pre- and post-ski sessions to flex body and mind. Or head to Val-d'Isère for guided tours with Bernard Chesneau, who will help improve your technique by using gravity, and the power of the mind to boost self-expression on the slopes.

Three to try: Holistic havens

Gstaad Palace, Switzerland

Personal instructors focus on techniques to boost strength. From 592CHF (£476) a night, half-board.

Kals am Grossglockner, Austria
Morning yoga, with winter hiking and snowshoeing offered, too. Seven nights from €990pp (£868).

La Rosière, France
Seven-night yoga and meditation chalet ski break, from €1,190pp (£1,045).

Published in the Winter Sports 2018 guide, free with the October 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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