Hot Springs and Skiing: The Perfect Equation

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There are few things closer associated with a day of powder than the post-mountain hot tub session. But long before there were hot tubs, there existed Mother Nature’s ultimate gift to the exhausted skier or snowboarder—the hot springs. These steamy cauldrons of mineral water bubble up from the earth and flow into rivers and lakes. Sometimes they form naturally, and other times humans have had to corral these healing waters into pools. Either way, hot springs are the answer to sore muscles, and the perfect way to celebrate a deep powder day.

People enjoy an evening hot springs soak, lit by lanterns.

Mark Abma and Chris Rubens enjoying an evening hot springs soak. Photo: Eric Berger.

In British Columbia, we are fortunate to have many hot springs both natural and developed. They are often found close to ski resorts and backcountry ski areas, with a high concentration around the famed Powder Highway.

 

 

When you think hot springs and skiing, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort often comes to mind first. This small ski hill is best known for its hot springs, and its family-friendly, relaxing atmosphere. There are many hot springs in BC that are close to ski resorts, and this hot springs circle route follows the Powder Highway. The British Columbia coast is lucky to have hot springs of its own, plus marquee ski resorts like Whistler Blackcomb and Vancouver’s North Shore mountains. From the coast to the Rockies, hot water and cold powder go together.  

Two skiers conquer moguls covered in fresh powder.

Mark Abma and Chris Rubens in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia. Photo: Eric Berger.

Featured image: A person relaxing in the pools at Fairmont Hot Springs. Photo: Kari Medig