Nothing beats the heat like a day at the pool.
At least that is what a thousand or so people believe any given summer day when they come to use the three pools at Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center.
"I think when it starts to get hot, people want to get in the water. It is just so fun and that's why they come in the summer. There is lots to do," Health and Recreation Manager Pat Carney said.
The center, close to the corner of Third Street and Lincoln Avenue, has three pools: an Olympic-size pool with lap lanes and a diving board, a shallow kiddie pool and a pool to accommodate a 350-foot water slide.
The center also has three hot pools ranging from 98 to 103 degrees.
As one of the coolest places in town, the pools are in hot demand during the summer as it sees between 700 to 800 club members a day and 200 to 300 visitors a day, Carney said.
The pools are used for swim team practice, swimming lessons, water aerobics and classes for kayaking and scuba diving.
The young children are drawn to the shallow kiddie pool with large plastic animals spouting water and the older children use the 350-water slide built into the side of the mountain, she said.
The Olympic size pool, kept at 80 degrees, has two to three lap lanes open all day and six lanes open from 12 to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.
The pool is open when the center is in operation, which is from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
The water slide is open from noon to 6 p.m. and the kiddie pool is opened from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For non-members all-day access to the pools 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. n