POOL PRIDE  Theres no better time than the winter to enjoy the hot pools at Panorama Mountain Village, which USA Today recently named the 8th best slope-side pool in the world. Photo submitted

POOL PRIDE Theres no better time than the winter to enjoy the hot pools at Panorama Mountain Village, which USA Today recently named the 8th best slope-side pool in the world. Photo submitted

By Pioneer Staff

The slopeside hot tubs at Panorama Mountain Village could soon be warming up an international crowd of tub tourists, after being named one of the most spectacular ski resort pools in the world by USA Today.

The valley ski resorts 1,258-foot warm pool checked in at number eight in a top-ten list published by the widely-read magazine on Friday, January 17th.

The Panorama Springs Hot Pools sit so close to the nearest lift line, you could hit skiers with a water gun, declares the article. Skiers know Panorama for its 4,000-foot vertical drop, but the Powder Highway resort should probably be just as recognized for the largest complex of heated slope-side pools in Canada.

The hot tubs are normally heated to 90 degrees F (32 C), while the upper and lower hot tubs are 101 F (38 C) and 98 F (37 C) respectively. (A test soak by a Pioneer staff member last week found cooler temperatures, as the pools had recently been drained and re-filled.)

As a sales and marketing team we meet people from around the world while promoting the resort, said Jamie Hurschler of Panorama. We tell them about the skiing, the location and the village, but its the extra wow factor of the Panorama Springs Pools that wins them over every time, A Google Maps inspection of the resort shows the Red Carpet beginners ski lift lies right next to the pools, while the Mile One Express quad chair is about 150 metres away.

The top nod went to the Aspen Ritz Carlton Club in Aspen, Colorado, where the hot pools sit amidst luxurious surroundings just a snowballs throw from passing skiers. Other top tubs noted in the article are found in Switzerland, Italy, Chile, Virginia, and Lake Tahoe.