10 Spectacular Ski Resort Pools And Hot Tubs
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 resort pools 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. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. At least, not if you’re soaking in one of these pools.
10. Ski Portillo, Chile
Portillo is isolated, even by Chile’s standards. Not to worry — the resort gives you everything you need in the slope-side hotel. A movie theater, bar and heated outdoor pool and hot tub sit right next to the frozen Laguna del Inca. From the pool, the Andes rise in all directions, and the lifts are just steps away. Ski all day, then plan on soaking during an incredible sunset over the13,000-foot rocky, snow covered peaks to the west.
9. 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. snowshoemtn.com
8. Panorama Ski Resort, British Columbia, Canada.
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 and 98 degrees, respectively. On a snowy day, you can soak while the steam rises and the powder builds on the surrounding Canadian Rockies. panoramaresort.com
7. Rifugio scouattoli, at Cortina d Ampezzo Resort, 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 5 Towers. It’s part of Rifugio Scouattoli, a family-owned restaurant and lodge at the top of a ski lift inside the Corina d Ampezz resort in Italy’s Dolomites. Make a reservation for dinner, and a soak in the tub. Rifugioscoiattoli.it
6. High Camp Pools, Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Squaw’s High Camp Pools have quickly become the industry standard for mountaintop swimming. 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 Nevada Mountains, that’s all. 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 to the bottom of the hill.
5. Homestead Resort, Hot Springs Virginia.
Okay, the soaking is more famous than the skiing at Homestead (Thomas Jefferson himself soaked in these natural hot springs). And with good reason: The Homestead recently finished a massive $28-million spa upgrade that includes two acres of hot pools and tubs fed by natural, mineral-rich hot springs. There’s even an adjacent ice skating rink. And you’re soaking next to the 45-acre ski resort, which is perfect for families or beginners taking their first turns.
4. 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 opportunities in the world with its Ski/Swim package, which includes a lift ticket and entrance to the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. 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, waterslides, diving board — it’s like a summer vacation in the middle of snowy Colorado.
3. Cambrian Hotel, Adelbodeen, 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 are 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. thecambrianadelboden.com
2. Igloo Village, 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.
1. Aspen Ritz Carlton Club, Aspen, Colo.