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Grand Summit Spa serving up new menu

by SKYLER BELL, Of the Record staff

When Jill Martin started as a day-spa desk clerk 10 years ago, she knew it was the industry for her.

Now, after owning her own spa in Denver and working for a resort in Las Vegas, she has taken a position as manager of Grand Summit Spa at The Canyons and is making her mark by helping to implement a new "menu" for the winter season.

"Our new menu coming out will have a bunch of treatments that will cater more toward the mountain experience," she said. "For example, we will have an organic hot-chocolate-and-cherries wrap. You’re wrapped up in cherry mask mixed with cocoa, and so not only does it revive your skin and rehydrate, but it brings the feel of hot chocolate after a long snowy day."

The new menu, which starts at the first of November, also includes an organic fruit facial, customized to the needs and skin type of the guest, as well as a treatment called Pacific Paradise a papaya-pineapple scrub to exfoliate dead winter skin, followed by a 50-minute full-body massage with kukui nut oil.

"The Pacific Paradise package is basically like a trip to the tropics while staying in the mountains," she said.

The new Grand Summit Spa signature manicure and pedicure, which use the aroma of lavender to soften and relax feet and hands, take place in the poolside nail salon.

Martin said the new services will help accentuate the mountain experience that everyone, both travelers and locals, come to Park City for, while keeping the prices affordable.

"We’re located in the Grand Summit Hotel at the base of The Canyons ski resort," she said. "We offer everything that a four-diamond hotel would offer, but not necessarily at four-diamond prices."

"We area full-service spa with a salon, nail treatments, facials, massages and body treatments, but we are also attached to the outdoor heated pool and hot tubs, as well as steam rooms, saunas and a fitness center."

Locals who go to the spa for a treatment are welcome to use the other amenities without charge for the rest of the day. Martin said a guest could come into the spa, have a facial, then lie by the heated pool and use the fitness room before getting a massage.

"We offer treatments from 25 minutes to 120 minutes," she said. "We customize spa days so people can stay as long as they want to do as little as they want. And our staff is excellent. From the time they walk in, our spa host will give guests the four diamond customer service, helping to get them checked in, into their robe and to the start of their treatments."

In addition to traditional spa services, Grand Summit Spa also offers classes in yoga and pilates. Classes are $6 with another treatment, or $12 on their own.

As far as other services, Martin said prices range from $30 to $210 for individual treatments, which can all be made into packages.

"We have wonderful services here, and they aren’t just services for tourists," she said. "People think a spa is something they only do on vacation, but it’s really something to do any time to maintain your well being. People can come in here on a constant basis and rejuvenate their mind and body. This is something they can do to prevent physical injuries and eliminate stress."

Martin, who relocated to Utah from Las Vegas in January, said, "My husband, who is studying biology at Westminster, and I wanted to be back in the mountains and closer to family," she said. "I got a job here and I wanted to stay at a resort-style spa, so Park City just made sense."

After attending UVSC and Utah College of Massage Therapy, Martin moved to Denver where she owned her own business, and then to Las Vegas where she worked in a 40,000 square foot resort-style spa.

"I started out at the service desk of a day spa and have been in almost every position all the way to owning a spa," she said. "I love the spa world. It’s the best business. You get to help people and make them feel prettier."

Grand Summit Spa is located in the Grand Summit Hotel at 4000 The Canyons Resort Drive and is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The spa can be reached at (435) 615-8035 or online at http://www.thecanyons.com.


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