The World’s Largest Hot Springs Pool

Glenwood Hot Springs
Photo Credit: Scott Catron

The first image that comes to mind when you think of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains usually involves flying down the mountain in total control while crowds of impressed onlookers cheer for you. Or maybe something a little less grandiose, but it probably involves skiing or snowboarding in some way. Swimming is usually not the thing that comes to mind. But Glenwood Springs, Colorado, home of Sunlight resort, offers some of the best swimming you can find.

The Glenwood Hot Springs offer the world’s largest hot springs fed swimming pool. Replenished daily with millions of gallons of fresh spring water given freely from the mountains, this pool offers recreation, relaxation and restoration to its visitors.

Flowing from the Yampah spring at 122 degrees and chock full of 15 minerals, these waters have been a haven for skiers, mountain travelers and Ute Native Americans for centuries. At the end of the 19th century, the waters’ reputation grew and the spring became a haven for tourists as well.

On your visit, you can enjoy the restorative waters of the pool, take advantage of the massive waterslides and visit the Spa of the Rockies. Ski Daddy would love to help you book a ski trip or summer mountain retreat to Sunlight where you can take advantage of the amazing pool at Glenwood Hot Springs.

Prepare A First Aid Kit for Your Group Ski Trip

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As you plan your group ski trip, you can be sure that with enough people participating in strenuous physical activities all day, every day, there will be some bumps and bruises.

Your ski resort will have everything you need to tend to an injured skier. However, it’s a good idea to arrive prepared with a ski trip first aid kit to handle the basics  – you don’t want to spend your time running back and forth to a drugstore. Listed below are a handful of items you might add to your first aid kit for your group ski trip:

  1. Pain/Fever Medication. Altitude induced headaches, twisted ankles, and unfortunately-timed respiratory infections make a good supply of ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) important to have on hand. Consider the ages of your skiers and bring the appropriate formulations.
  2. Various sizes of bandaids. Be prepared for scrapes and scratches of different sizes.
  3. Antibiotic ointment. When everything is so bundled up because of the cold, it creates a very cozy environment for bacteria. Clean wounds well and use antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
  4. Ace Bandages. It’s easy to turn an ankle or knee on skis, and a wrap can support and compress the joint. Remember “RICE” – rest, ice, compression, elevation.
  5. Thermacare Wraps. For sore backs, injured knees or ankles, or just to use for warmth, these babies come in handy.
  6. Sunscreen. Everyone knows it and almost everyone forgets it – the sun can do its dirty work a lot fast at higher altitudes with the assistance of the snow’s reflective surface. Be sure your crew’s faces are protected.
  7. Lip balm with sunscreen. See above. Grab a multipack and throw it in your kit for your skiers who forget. Chapped, burned, peeling lips are simply miserable.
  8. Blister Treatment Pads. Your ski outfitter will do an amazing job of getting your group fitted properly for boots, but not everything can be predicted. A properly placed blister pad can save the day.

When in doubt, take your skier to a doctor at your resort, but for minor aches and pains, these items will make caring for your group a lot easier. With any luck you won’t need them.

Eat This on Your Group Ski Trip

People are often surprised at just how hungry they get on a ski trip. Not only are you engaged in some serious calorie burning exercise for hours each day, but the higher altitude increases your metabolic rate. So it shouldn’t be a surprise when your ski group is starving. All. The. Time.

But it can be hard to figure out all those meals and snacks. Sometimes you just want someone to say, “Eat this on your group ski trip.”

A great idea for your group to keep the energy levels up and to save a little money is to pack some snacks for the day on the slopes.

It’s common to think that fueling yourself for an athletic activity involves consuming carbs, carbs and more carbs, but skiing is sustained over a long period of time, and if you don’t get some fat and protein in there you will crash. So spread the snack love between carbs, proteins and fats so your group maintains steady energy levels throughout the day.

Eat this on your group ski trip

We’ve started a board on the Ski Daddy Pinterest page for Snacks on the Slopes, and it is loaded with great snack ideas for your group ski trip. (And if you aren’t following Ski Daddy on Pinterest, go do it now, because we are gathering all the best ski ideas we find there.)

And a quick reminder. Be sure your group members are stopping for water whenever they can. Great nutrition can’t work for them if they are dehydrated.

What’s your favorite snack on the ski slopes?