Ski Resort Hot Springs

Ski Resort Hot Springs
Nothing tops off a crisp, cold day on the slopes like relaxing in a hot, invigorating pool of water. While the average ski resort lodge offers a hot tub, some resorts also have hot springs--Mother Nature's hot tub--within a close commute. Book a vacation at any one of these resort areas, and you'll have access to world-class skiing and snowboarding as well as natural hot springs set in the mountains.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area is home to more than 150 hot springs. You'll find the easiest access right in downtown--the Old Town Hot Springs. If you'd prefer a more secluded, natural setting, consider booking a shuttle trip to the popular Strawberry Park Hot Springs, just outside of town.

Park City, Utah

The Homestead Crater is an non-traditional hot spring that is actually a large, limestone crater filled with a deep pool of warm, natural mineral water. The water reaches depths of 55 feet, so in addition to regular swimming and soaking, you can also enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving inspecting the intriguing geological formations. There is a hole in the top of the crater that allows sunlight and fresh air to enter, so you'll be able to enjoy the mountain air as you warm up in 90- to 96-degree crystal clear water. This one is great for adventure seekers and is located less than 20 miles from Park City, a skiing mecca with three separate resorts and "the greatest snow on Earth."

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Located in western Colorado, Glenwood Hot Springs was once referred to as "The Grand Spring." The town of Glenwood Springs features "the world's largest hot springs pool," water slides and a variety of other entertainment amenities. Procure a stay at the 107-room lodge at the hot springs and you'll get complementary use of the hot springs. In addition to famed resorts in the surrounding area, such as Vail and Aspen, the town of Glenwood Springs is home to a resort of its own--Sunlight Mountain. While not quite as large or famous as other Colorado ski resorts, Sunlight is a sizable mountain that offers a variety of skiing for all levels. It even boasts one of the steepest runs in America's skiing state at 52 degrees.

Banff, Alberta

The town of Banff, Alberta, is an eclectic, vibrant ski town with access to three major ski resorts: Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. With so much accessible ski terrain and plenty of shopping, dining and activities, Banff is a brilliant destination for any powder addict. It's also a great place to experience natural hot springs set in the impressive peaks of the Canadian Rockies. The Banff Upper Hot Springs in Banff National Park are just a few miles south of town and are open year round. They offer a beautiful view of Mount Rundle and include a variety of amenities such outdoor hot springs pool, spa and cafe.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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