Let’s be honest...you can only ski so much in a single day. You hit first chair, you scarfed down lunch on the lift and ran laps on that blue groomer until you got dizzy. Good for you.
Now, you need to relax. And relaxation on a ski trip means finding the swankiest hot tub or heated pool and soaking until you turn into a raisin. To help you in perfecting post-pub après, we’ve found ten of the most spectacular ski areapools in the world.
Think 360-degree views and hot spring-fed tubs. But be forewarned; as your ski trip progresses, you might find yourself spending more time soaking in the pool than skiing the slopes. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. At least, not if you’re soaking in one of these pools.
Ski Portillo | Santiago, Chile
Portillo is isolated, even by Chile’s standards. Not to worry; the resort gives you everything you need in the slope side hotel – movie theater, bar and a heated outdoor pool and hot tub right next to the frozen Laguna del Inca, just steps from the lifts.
From the pool, the Andes rise in all directions, and the lifts are just steps away. Ski all day, then plan on soaking in the pool for an incredible sunset over the 13,000-foot rocky, snow-covered peaks to the west.
You also get the bonus of carving turns in South America, far from the blistering heat in the Northern Hemisphere, and typically in the same company as the world’s best snow athletes who often train on the piste.
Split Rock Pools | Snowshoe, W. Va.
When Intrawest built the mountaintop village at Snowshoe, one of the Mid-Atlantic’s snowiest resorts, they didn’t overlook the details of Split Rock Pools. The mountaintop water complex includes heated indoor and outdoor pools, which are connected by a water channel, so you can swim freely between the two.
The kids love the outdoor pool with a slide and geyser, while adults dig the two cascading hot tubs with killer views of the surrounding Monongahela National Forest. Bonus: You’re only a few steps from the nearest Starbucks.
Panorama Mountain Resort | Panorama, B.C.
Skiers know Panorama for its 4,000-foot vertical drop, but the Powder Highway resort should probably be just as recognized for the largest complex of heated slope side pools in Canada.
The Panorama Springs Hot Pools sit so close to the nearest lift line, you could hit skiers with a water gun. The 1,258-foot warm pool is heated to 90 degrees, and the upper and lower hot tubs are 101 degrees and 98 degrees, respectively.
On a snowy day, you can soak while the steam rises and the powder builds on the surrounding Canadian Rockies, hop out and ride one of the water slides or warm yourself in the sauna before plunging back into the water.
Rifugio Scoiattoli | Cortina d' Ampezzo, Italy
This isn't a hot tub, this is a hot barrel, round and beautifully crafted from wooden slats. Not that you’ll notice. The barrel sits at 7,400 feet, on a snowy plateau with views of Italy’s famous Five Towers.
It’s part of Rifugio Scoiattoli, a family-owned restaurant and lodge at the top of a ski lift inside the Cortina d' Ampezzo resort in Italy’s Dolomites. Make a reservation for dinner, and a soak in the tub.
Soak in the scenery from these tubs with stunning views
Soak in the scenery from these tubs with stunning views
Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley, Calif.
Squaw’s High Camp Pools have quickly become the industry standard for mountaintop swimming when the high-elevation facilities open each spring. Located at 8,200 feet above sea level, you can swim laps in the heated pool or hang out at one of the pool’s two islands, each complete with a waterfall.
The snow piles up on the boulders next to the pool and massive hot tub (which has a geyser, by the way), and chairlifts run almost overhead. Your view while you soak? Just the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas. And, as a bonus, during warm spring days you can join the locals skiing and riding in their bikinis and bathing suits as they race back down the hill.
Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs | Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Located an easy drive from Steamboat Resort, seven miles from the quintessential Western-inspired downtown, Strawberry Park boasts a massive, interconnected network of natural hot spring pools as well as a few colder pools, a heated changing cabin and on-site massages.
Better still, you can bed down at one of the rustic lodges and make your après spot your home base, with easy access to the resort as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the nearby trails.
Sunlight Mountain Resort | Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Sunlight Mountain Resort is a hidden jewel tucked off I-70, between Vail and Aspen. The resort is smaller than its more famous neighbors, but it offers one of the biggest swimming experiences in the world with its Ski/Swim/Stay package, including a lift ticket, entrance to the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and lodging at a choice of accommodations.
This is the world’s largest outdoor mineral hot springs pool. We’re talking two blocks of hot, steaming mineral water heated between 90 to 104 degrees. Mountain views, water slides, diving board – it’s like a summer vacation in the middle of snowy Colorado.
The Cambrian | Adelboden, Switzerland
The infinity pool at Switzerland’s Cambrian hotel puts all other infinity pools to shame. The water tumbles over the edge, transitioning seamlessly into the all-encompassing view of the rocky, snowy Swiss Alps.
The hotel and pool is within walking distance of the nearest ski lifts of Adelboden-Lenk, and it’s not exclusive to hotel guests. Pay a daily fee and feel free to soak away.
Iglu-Dorf | Zermatt, Switzerland
Zermatt is renowned for its opulence (Vail modeled its village after Zermatt), but the ski area’s most outlandish feature is made from common snow. Every winter, a team builds an igloo village with a view of the Matterhorn, complete with luxe overnight igloos, an igloo bar and a number of hot tubs cut deep into the snow.
You didn’t realize that soaking in a hot tub next to an igloo was on your bucket list, but now it is. You’re welcome.
The Ritz-Carlton Club | Aspen, Colo.
Even if you’ve never been to Aspen, you’d still just assume that the posh city would have a swanky outdoor pool – and you’d be right. Sitting at the base of the Aspen Highlands Ski Area, the Ritz-Carlton’s two heated pools are so close to the skiing, you could throw snowballs at skiers or boarders as they pass by.
Yes, you have to be a guest to swim in the pool, but the price comes with a view of the 12,500-foot Aspen peak and surrounding Elk Range.