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Banff hospital hopes to explore ‘wellness’

BANFF, Alberta — With its hot springs and enchanting scenery, Banff began as a resort to those seeking to regain their physical health and revitalize their spirits. While that has always been a component of the resort’s existence, there’s a renewed emphasis evident in several ways.

First, a major real-estate driven development called Three Sisters, located about 15 miles west of Banff, at Canmore, is using wellness as the central attraction, instead of the more traditional golf. Three Sisters has already selected a health and wellness provider, but has not announced the name.

Now, Mineral Springs Hospital in Banff is looking to augment its reputation for orthopedic surgeries and certain types of plastic surgeries with what is being called a "wellness component."

"Essentially, people would come here to rejuvenate the mind, body, spirit," explained Andy Thomas, the hospital’s officer of finance and business development. "We’re not really sure how it’s going to look. We just wanted to start exploring the opportunity."

Directors of the hospital have been thinking in terms of this expansion for a while, he said, but now have better resources for doing so.

Telluride Rugged. Refined. Real.

TELLURIDE, Colo. — The Telluride Ski and Golf Co., has unveiled a new "brand." This latest message to the outside world is not easily explained, but it does frequently repeat the following phrase: "Rugged. Refined. Real."

The Telluride Watch reports that this latest brand was delivered after a more methodical approach than those used in the past when selecting the resort’s message. Ski area officials hope it helps deliver 385,000 skier days. Last year, the ski area registered 411,000 skier days, but Telluride enjoyed both locally wonderful snow conditions and national booming economic conditions, which may not necessarily be repeated this coming winter.

Blessings for new resort

DONNELLY, Idaho — Tamarack Resort, the new ski area and real estate development project about 100 miles north of Boise, got two major boosts last week.

First, President George W. Bush spent two days at the resort, mountain biking and cruising the waters of Cascade Lake while talking about such things as access to public lands, potential revisions to the Endangered Species Act and, of course, the war in Iraq. He was reported to be in excellent condition. But then, just the week before, he was pedaling with Lance Armstrong.

The other "bright" for Tamarack was an announcement by a development group that includes former tennis stars Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf of plans to build a 175-room hotel. The brand of the hotel has not yet been identified, but a consultant from San Francisco told the Idaho Stateman that the quality of the hotel would put it in the same league as Aspen, Vail-Beaver Creek, and Deer Valley as well as Whistler, Jackson Hole, and Sun Valley.

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