10 ways to make your Colorado ski trip even better

Snowy winter day at Iron Mountain Hot Springs

10 ways to make your Colorado ski trip even better

Does all of this snow have you planning your next Colorado ski trip? You can make this year’s mountain vacation even better by adding some “whee,” “ooh” and “aah” with a day trip to Glenwood Springs. It’s home to the new Iron Mountain Hot Springs and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, and less than an hour from seven ski resorts — Vail, Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Beaver Creek, Snowmass, Buttermilk and Sunlight. Eight more — Breckenridge, Winter Park, Powderhorn, Steamboat, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Ski Cooper and SolVista — are within two hours.

Here are 10 reasons why this is the perfect day trip:

Alpine Coaster at Glenwood Caverns1. Colorado’s newest hot springs destination, the Iron Mountain Hot Springs, opened this summer with 16 hot mineral water pools on the bank of the Colorado River. (ooh!)

2. You’ll be able to ski or ride better after giving your legs a rest with a rejuvenating après-ski soak in pure mineral water — no chemicals — that ranges from 99 to 108°F. (aah!)

3. The state’s longest alpine coaster is located at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, and it races 3,400 feet down the mountain with hairpin turns, bumps and waves. (whee!)

4. The Adventure Park’s Winter on the Mountain includes a dazzling display of a half million lights covering the buildings, rides and trees, plus fire pits for roasting s’mores and a giant, musical  5. Christmas tree. (ooh!)

5. There’s a steamy freshwater family pool and a jetted whirlpool spa at the Iron Mountain Hot Springs that the kids will love. (whee!)

6. Friday Afternoon Club on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns features live music, drink specials and free tram rides, making it fun and easy on the wallet. (ooh!)

7. The Soaring Eagle Zip Ride at the Adventure Park provides an exhilarating ride with beautiful views, day or night. (whee!)

Roasting S'mores at Glenwood Caverns Winter on the Mountain sm8. The Sopris Café at the Iron Mountain Hot Springs serves fresh, delicious food and a variety of hot and cold drinks, including beer, wine and cocktails. (ooh!)

9. It’s always 52 degrees and humid inside Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Caves, which feels awfully nice on cold winter days. (aah!)

10. You can save 10% on admission to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park when you bring your Iron Mountain Hot Springs receipt.

There are two options for the Ride & Relax Combo Packages, both of which include a day pass for the Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Choose a Funday Pass for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, which includes unlimited access to the park’s winter attractions, for just $48 per adult and $39 per child (ages 3 to 12), or a tram and cave pass for the Adventure Park for $38 per adult and $29 per child. Passes must be used within seven days of purchase. Available at either location.

Snowy soak at Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood SpringsWinter on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and closed Monday through Thursday, through Feb. 28, 2016. During the holidays, it will be open daily Dec. 18 to Jan. 3. It will close at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve and be closed Christmas Day. More information about the park, including hours of operation and a list of which attractions are open, can be found at GlenwoodCaverns.com or by calling 800-530-1635 or 970-945-4228, ext. 0.

Iron Mountain Hot Springs is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. It will close at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve and be closed Christmas Day.

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