Health and Recreation offers chance to swim, relax, work out

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— The Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association offers a chance for skiers to relax after a day on the slopes.

The facility is at the intersection of Third Street and Lincoln Avenue and offers yoga classes, hot springs-fed pools, massages, workout equipment and other amenities.

Manager Pat Carney said the wintertime brings in about 500 out-of-town visitors per day with the biggest attraction being the three hot pools and 350-foot waterslide. Carney said the mineral water in the pools is an added bonus.

"They come here for the hot water, and for the kids to ride the water slide," Carney said.

The three hot pools range from 98 to 103 degrees. There is also an Olympic-sized lap pool maintained at 82 degrees with a water slide.

The health and recreation center also has a fitness center with weight machines, free weights, stationary bicycles, treadmills, cross-trainers, rowing machines, Stairmasters, versa climber and lifecycles.

The center offers daily exercise classes like spinning, yoga, step, strength and stretch, kickboxing and water-fitness.

And for those who are sore after putting time in on the slopes, the center provides therapeutic, rejuvenating, deep tissue and soothing massages.

Carney said she finds people can spend all day at the health and recreation center, especially women who want a break from skiing or do not want to spend any time on the ski slopes. She said they can start early in the morning with a class like yoga, follow that with a massage, dip in the hot pools and a workout in the fitness center. In the afternoon, they can get their children and take them back to the hot pools and slide.

"It's the women who are not skiing that spend the whole day here," Carney said.

All-day access to the three hot pools and lap pool is $7.50 for adults, $5 for those ages 13 to 17 and $3.50 for children and seniors. Ten rides on the water slide cost $5 and general admission must be paid to use the water slide. The fitness center is $10 per day and a pass to all the facilities is $15 and includes hot pools, classes, fitness center and tennis courts.

The cost for a massage is $55 per hour.

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