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.

Apres Ski in the Sunshine: Getting the Most Out of the Last Few Weeks of Ski Season

Apres Ski in Late Ski SeasonOne of the many perks of spring skiing in Colorado is the chance to end the day on a sunny deck, cold drink in hand and great music in the background. So we’ve gathered up a few of our favorite spots for aprés ski festivities during the late ski season, and thought we’d share them with you.

Sunset Happy Hour – Steamboat Springs

After a great day on the slopes, hop on the gondola once more and head to Thunderhead for drinks, live music, and a phenomenal sunset view from your 9100′ perch.

The Derailer Bar – Winter Park

This two-level bar with ample deck space is not only great for its full pub-style lunch menu, but it’s apres ski scene can’t be beat. Find a seat on the deck and enjoy a drink and Frickles (fried, spicy pickles) while you trade stories of your best runs of the day.

Pepi’s Deck – Vail

If sitting outside on the sunniest of spring afternoons still sounds cold to you, check out Pepi’s Deck – its heated patio. Smack in the middle of Vail Village, Pepi’s offers a fantastic assortment of Austrian beers. And if you are too cozy to get up and leave, just stay for Pepi’s delicious dinner and some great entertainment.

The Eldo – Crested Butte

With a tagline like “A sunny place for shady people,” its just begging for you to try it out. This brewpub features some fine handcrafted Crested Butte brew and filling snacks after a day of burning calories on the slopes. The sunny deck is the perfect end to your day.

Do you have a favorite apres ski spot? Share it with Ski Daddy – we’d love to try it out.

Snow kayaking? Oh, yeah.

At Monarch Mountain, they know how to make the most of spring skiing. First, in homage to their name, they host the annual Monarch Mountain Butterfly Roundup (stickers only, no actual butterflies are harmed.) Second, on April 12, they will be hosting the Kayaks on Snow event.

In the annual snow kayakingvevent, competitors navigate downhill in a head to head kayak race, with all the snowy obstacles you might expect – banks and bumps galore. And as if that’s not enough, they end in an icy pond. I love kayaking and skiing, but this seems a little crazy to me. Check it out – these guys are going fast!

What do you think? Would you try snow kayaking?

Things You Need to Remember When Storing Your Ski Wear

Storing Your Ski Wear
Photo credit: Markus Bernet

As ski season starts to wind down and skiers return home from their spring break trek to the mountains (we just got back from a crazy-amazing trip to Winter Park), it’s time to think about storing your ski gear so it’s clean and easy to access next season.

Here are a few steps to be sure that your skiwear stores well and is fresh when you pull it out next year.

1. Take everything that is machine washable, wash it and dry it thoroughly. Long johns, socks, fleece jackets, hats, neck gaiters, etc.

2. Take your items that are not machine washable and spot clean them as necessary. Then turn them inside out and let them sit outside in the sun on a nice warm spring day for a couple of hours. This includes your jackets, pants, mittens, etc. This will get them thoroughly dry and the sunlight will help kill any bacteria or mildew that’s trying to take over in the damp.

NOTE: Don’t forget to clean out all the pockets. Those ski jackets and pants have lots of little compartments and may have lip balm, sunscreen, and even snacks just waiting to ruin your day when you pull them out of storage next year.

3. Sort through the items and create two piles – giveaway/sell and keep.

4. Pack giveaway/sell items away in their own Rubbermaid tub and clearly label it “Ski Clothes to Giveaway/Sell”.

6. For the items you intend to keep, fold them neatly and sort by family member. Take note of any items each family member will need next season and pack the list with the “Ski Clothes to Giveaway/Sell” tub. You’ll see why in a minute.

7. Place each family member’s ski wear in its own plastic bag, and label it for that family member. Place all the plastic bags in a large Rubbermaid tub and label it “Ski Wear”. If you have vacuum bags, they can be a huge space-saver.

8. Make a note in your calendar for November to pull out the items you need to giveaway or sell. Post them on Facebook and/or Craigslist. Also, post the list of things you need on Facebook to see if any of your friends have what you need. This will give you plenty of time to shop for needed items that you can’t barter for or borrow.

9. Add any new items to your “Ski Wear” tub.

10. When it’s time to go skiing, throw the “Ski Wear” tub into the car. Let everyone pack their own smallish bag of non-ski clothing and toiletries.

A little prep now makes planning next year a breeze. Do you have any great tips for storing your ski wear?

A Few Last Minute Suggestions Before You Leave on Your Spring Break Ski Trip

Last minute tips for your group ski trip

For those of you preparing for a great week of spring break skiing, we have a few last minute tips for your group ski trip to help it go a little more smoothly.

Don’t forget:

Plastic grocery bags. These guys come in handy for a load of reasons. You may have some wet clothing you need to pack on the last day. You may need to pile muddy boots in the car. You may have someone who turns out to be prone to car sickness after climbing a winding mountain road. Plastic bags. You just can’t go wrong here.

Swimsuits. With the giant list of ski wear you surely had to round up, swimsuits may have been forgotten. But it’s likely that your accommodations have a heated pool or hot tubs. And that just feels good after a day on the slopes.

Snacks for the car ride or plane trip. You’ve been busy planning for the week of skiing, but you’ve got to get there. People get hungry on the road, and if you don’t want to snack on Bugles from the gas station, you may want to throw some road trip snacks in the car.

Water. Because you should be hydrating by now. Drink it while you are packing. Drink it in the car or the plane. Drink it while having your skis fitted. Drink up.

Something to do in the car. A favorite book or two,

A backpack. If you are the type who likes to carry sunscreen, snacks, lip balm, a camera, your lucky rabbit’s foot, and a flask with you wherever you go, you’ll need a smallish backpack. If you are the type that everyone else expects to carry these things (aka, a mom) you will need a little less smallish backpack.

Neck gaters. Scarves are to skiers as capes are to superheroes. So, no scarves. And also, no capes.

And here are a few more things to think about when you pack:

Prep for Skiing With Kids

Ski Trip First Aid Kit

Are Gloves or Mittens Better?

Choosing the Right Socks

Do you have any last minute tips that help to make your ski trip great?