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The Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center 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 visitors can spend all day at the center, which offers exercise classes, hot springs-fed pools, massages, workout equipment, snack bar and other amenities.

"On your day not skiing -- and for the non skiing -- you can treat yourself to a spa day," Assistant Director Jeanne Gillaspie said. "You could take a yoga class, soak in the pool and get a message."

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. The mineral water in the pools, which are spring fed, are an added bonus.

The three hot pools range from 98 to 103 degrees. There also is a 25-yard lap pool maintained at 82 degrees. The waterslide is heated to 100 degrees and dumps riders into a heated pool. The water slide is opened from 4 to 8 p.m. during the winter.

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 yoga, step, strength and stretch, Pilates 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.

People can spend all day at the health and recreation center, Gillaspie said. Visitors can start early in the morning with a class like yoga, follow that with a massage, dip in the hot pool and a workout in the fitness center. Then the afternoon can be spent with their children in the hot pools and slide.

"If you have been skiing hard for three days, it can be a good place to spend part of that day off," Gillaspie 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 $60 per hour. n

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