colorado's hot springs & nordic skiing

colorado's hot springs & nordic skiing

 

The natural mineral hot springs of Colorado

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Nordic Skiing near Aspen

 

 View atop the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen.  Massages are offered at the top, plus the gondola is dog-friendly. Can it get any better?

View atop the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen.  Massages are offered at the top, plus the gondola is dog-friendly. Can it get any better?


S k i n  &  S u l f u r

 Sulfur, a naturally occurring element, is used in many prescriptions for treating different skin conditions. Not only do I prescribe a TON of sulfur-based products for my patients (primarily for acne, rosacea, and a condition called seborrheic dermatitis), but I've used sulfur-based presription skincare products since my early high-school days. Some brand names include Avar, Plexion, SulfaClense, and Clenia  - all of which contain a combination of sodium sulfacetamide (a sulfonamide antibiotic) and sulfur (NOTE: the brand names are PRICEY - use goodrx.com for the lowest price, or ask your dermatology practitioner to go generic!)  

The natural hot springs in Colorado have a high concentration of sulfate, which is a polyatomic ion consisting of sulfur + oxygen. Pure sulfur is rare to come across in nature (per my brother, who is an organic chemist). The sulfate in the mineral hot springs can be equally efficacious to sulfur in terms of their skin-clarifying properties. That is, if you can handle the rotten-egg smell !


ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR DERMATOLOGY PRACTITIONER BEFORE USING THE PRODUCTS DISCUSSED IN THIS BLOG, AND BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN ANY ACTIVITY DISCUSSED IN THIS BLOG


 A quick brunch / beer / photography stop at the Sundeck, a restaurant reached by the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen. View from my table at brunch - warm enough to eat outside on the deck! 

A quick brunch / beer / photography stop at the Sundeck, a restaurant reached by the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen. View from my table at brunch - warm enough to eat outside on the deck! 


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First stop:

Glenwood Springs, CO

Yampah Hot springs & vapor caves

 

Glenwood Springs is home to Yampah Spa Hot Springs and Vapor Caves, something I look forward to doing every time I'm in Colorado. This spa is a unique little place - hot springs mineral baths, world-class day spa, vapor caves, and a complete AVEDA salon.  

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You've got to try the Herbal Mineral Baths - pumped directly from the natural hot springs, with rosemary + lavender.  Your skin will thank you. 


Next up:

Iron Mountain Hot SpringS 

This is a MUST-DO next time you're in Colorado. It's the ultimate relaxing, re-energizing experience. Iron Mountain, also located in Glenwood Springs, has eighteen different natural mineral hot spring pools, ranging in temperature from 98 to 108 degrees F. Each pool is named after a gemstone, and has a plaque with an accurate temperature reading, so you can choose your pool accordingly (temps are taken and recorded every two hours). 

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According to the Iron Mountain Hot Springs website, the five most abundant minerals in the soaking pools are SULFATE, iron, chloride, sodium, and calcium.   

 Balneotherapy -    noun   the treatment of disease by bathing in mineral springs

Balneotherapy - 

noun

the treatment of disease by bathing in mineral springs


INTO  THE  WILD

 (wild hot springs, that is) 
 

South Canyon Hot Springs

 

Your skin will be SO SOFT after this soak, I promise. Get there early, before the sunrise, and you'll most likely have the place to yourself:

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Penny Hot Springs

 

 Penny Hot Springs - alongside the Crystal River - multiple small pools, and somewhat crowded! 

Penny Hot Springs - alongside the Crystal River - multiple small pools, and somewhat crowded! 


 Mount Sopris

Mount Sopris


Nordic Skiing:
Aspen Nordic Center
And
 Ashcroft


Aspen Nordic Center - 
Convenient, in town, across from the mountain
Some dog friendly trails
Super friendly, helpful staff

 Aspen Nordic Center rents both skate and classic x-country skis 

Aspen Nordic Center rents both skate and classic x-country skis 


Ashcroft Nordic Center -
More snow than Aspen Nordic Center due to higher elevation Off the beaten path & secluded
PineCreek Cookhouse for great food & drink
Mountain views and aspen-covered trails are gorgeous
More difficult trails & more hills

 Ashcroft : My favorite nordic ski center in the US, hands down

Ashcroft : My favorite nordic ski center in the US, hands down

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Until next time,

B E A U T I F U L
T R A V E L S


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