This weekend, Australian ski resorts in New South Wales and Victoria will officially kick off the Aussie ski season. Thredbo in NSW is excitedly preparing for the occasion and is using the celebrations to launch Australia’s first ever Rekorderlig poolside après bar. The Thredbo Alpine Hotel has transformed their outdoor pool area into an après ski winter playground for adults. The heated outdoor pool welcomes guests to soothe their weary muscles while sipping their favourite drink and admiring the magnificent mountain views. With music pumping by live DJ’s, guests can warm themselves by the surrounding fire pits or relax in the outdoor hot tubs.
All this talk about luxurious après-ski pools has gotten us a bit excited about the snow, so we’ve compiled our top five hotels and resorts around the world that boast spectacular outdoor alpine pools.
The Cambrian Hotel, Switzerland
The Cambrian is an ultra modern hotel situated in the Swiss Alps. With an undeniably artistic design, this hotel makes the most of its impressive surrounds. Guests will never want to leave the heated outdoor infinity edge swimming pool, which seamlessly merges with the surrounding snow capped mountains. Equipped with a bubbling massage bed and pumping jets, the warm waters will gently soothe the tired muscles of keen skiers.
The Art and Relax Hotel Bergwelt, Austria
Situated in Obergurgl, this hidden four star hotel boasts the highest located outdoor pool in the Alps. Enjoy the magnificent surrounds at the hotel’s luxury indoor or outdoor pools, all heated to a comfortable 36 degrees. Just minutes from the village centre, guests can have the pleasure of jumping on the ski slopes right outside the hotel’s front door. Successfully blending a modern and traditional design, this hotel is wonderfully warm and welcomes guests of all ages.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Canada
This family friendly resort is conveniently located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler. The beautiful alpine setting can be enjoyed from the indoor-outdoor leisure pool or at the heated outdoor lap pool that even plays underwater music. Other fantastic amenities include numerous outdoor whirlpools, a sauna and two steam rooms.
Berchetesgaden Resort, Germany
The stunning Berchetesgaden Resort in Germany can be found in the Bavarian Alps. Boasting indoor and outdoor pools, saunas and steam baths, this hotel is ideal for an indulgent and romantic mountainside escape. The spectacular views can be enjoyed from the heated outdoor pool, while the floor to ceiling glass windows surrounding the indoor pool provide an endless white backdrop of snow. After working up an appetite on the ski slopes or at the health and fitness centre, guests can dine at the onsite Michelin starred restaurant, LE CIEL.
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, California
The alpine covered terrain surrounding Lake Tahoe comes alive every year as it is enveloped in a generous blanket of snow. The Ritz-Carlton hotel is fancy with all the bells and whistles of a five star ski resort. You’ll find a rejuvenating spa, state of the art of the art fitness centre and a heated outdoor lap pool that overlooks the glowing white ski slopes. Luxurious suites offer exceptional mountainous views and warm gas fireplaces.