Management of the Cliff Lodge and Spa have targeted Dec. 1 for the reopening of their renovated spa facility at the base of [R404R, Snowbird].

Assistant Director Joe Poisson told OnTheSnow that much of the construction work has been completed on the ninth-floor health spa, and crews will begin moving equipment back in shortly.

"A lot of the rooms were stripped to the studs," said Poisson. "The steam rooms, locker rooms, showers, and others got a complete overhaul."

Returning visitors will see a redesigned entrance, front desk, and salon, Poisson said. The treatment hall has had new floors and carpet installed, and the wet rooms (steam, shower, hot tubs) have been retiled. The gymnasium, swimming pool, and hot tub on the 10th floor remain as before.

These renovations are the first at the slopeside lodge since the spa portion opened in 1987. The Gaylord family originally operated the Cliff Lodge, before selling it to resort owner Dick Bass in the 1980s.

The renovations have been managed by Chase Associates, a Salt Lake City design firm, with an emphasis on green products and sustainable building techniques. In addition, the firm looked for local suppliers whenever possible, such as for stone countertops. Other products, like cork flooring, fabrics, and shower dividers used post-industrial and post-consumer materials to cut into the project's overall energy footprint, according to the lodge management.

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