By Heidi Bethel
After a nice day on the slopes, there’s nothing more invigorating than a dip in the ardent waters of Reno/Tahoe. Whether you need to soothe sore muscles, just soak and relax, or benefit from mineral therapy, hot tubs abound this winter.
Natural valley tubs
Did you know that the Sierra Nevada mountain range is heavily dotted with geothermal activity? While some of the underground resource is used to create renewable energy for Nevada and California, surface anomalies pop up all over the region pooling mineral-rich waters for all to enjoy. At 1862 David Walley’s Resort in Genoa, you can immerse yourself in five mineral hot springs and a pool heated with geothermal water. The Carson Hot Springs in Carson City features a heated pool and hot tubs, as well as nine private mini tubs. Located four miles west of Markleeville, Grover Hot Springs State Park is a picturesque spot nestled among the pine trees. Here you can enjoy a hot pool and swimming pool hot springs. davidwalleys1862.com; carsonhotsprings.com; parks.ca.gov
In Olympic Valley, souse while enjoying sweeping views from eight outdoor hot tubs at The Village at Squaw Valley. If you’re there before the sun sets, be sure to also check out Squaw Valley’s High Camp where you can take in the sights from 8,200 feet during the special happy hour event. Check their website for a full schedule. squawalpine.com
If you haven’t been to Edgewood Tahoe in South Lake you are missing out! Spa Edgewood is absolutely beautiful, both inside and out … side. The interior design elements are influenced by the Alpine surroundings and the terrace hot tub is absolutely rejuvenating. edgewoodtahoe.com
Spas In The BLC
It’s hard to miss the bright lights and allure of the casinos dotting the Reno skyline. Did you know they also have some serious spa game? The newish Spa at Grand Sierra Resort features a pool-sized Jacuzzi, aqua chamber and serene relaxation lounge. grandsierraresort.com
Sitting atop a hot water aquifer, the Peppermill Casino Resort is the only resort of its kind in the United States to use a heating source completely provided by geothermal energy — this includes the fabulous outdoor heated pool. Inspired by Roman bathhouses, Spa Toscana features hot tubs inside their Gentlemen and Ladies Ritual Rooms, plus a heated indoor pool with hot tubs in their Caldarium. peppermillreno.com
With several coed amenities and treatments, Spa Atlantis inside the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa also offers complete relaxation. The Aqua Spa Lounge and Experiential Shower provide a watery experience unlike any other — just watch out for the ice fog. Their private specialty bath treatments are an absolute pleasure, complete with delightful essential oils. atlantiscasino.com
Whether you strive to be surrounded by trees or tucked inside a spa paradise, hot tubs in the Sierra will not disappoint. Soak it all in!