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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.
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.
In the video teaser above, BC skiers @markabma, @chrisrubens and @danaflahr travel this incredible route in the Kootenay Rockies. Near Halcyon Hot Springs, north of Nakusp, the springs containing a higher-than-normal concentration of naturally occurring lithium. Watch the full video here.
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.
Featured image: A person relaxing in the pools at Fairmont Hot Springs. Photo: Kari Medig
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