A soak after a hard day of skiing can melt away sore muscles. Panorama Mountain Village offers more than one way to achieve that "aaaah" moment upon sliding into warm water.

The Panorama Springs Hot Pools, located slopeside at the Panorama Springs Lodge, features three outdoor pools, the quickest place to get rejuvenated after the slopes. The pools, which are open daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., include a large warm swimming pool, and upper and lower hot tub, and a sauna.

All lodging guests at Panorama can access the pools and hot tubs. Towels, showers, lockers, and blow dryers are included amenities.

More soaking is available across the Columbia Valley at one of British Columbia's natural mineral hot springs--Radium Hot Springs. Radium features the largest mineral hot spring pool in Canada plus a cooler pool for swimming and diving. It also has a small  surprise pool that changes from hot to cold.

A bus runs on Tuesdays from Panorama to Radium. It departs Panorama's Ski Tip Lodge at 6:20 p.m. and departs Radium for the return trip at 8:30 p.m. The bus ride and pool admission costs $14 CAN per person. But transportation and pool admission for a family of two adults and up to three children costs $45 CAN.

Muscles that need something more can relax with spa treatments from PURE Massage, located in the Pine Inn at Panorama. Services, which are available daily, include massage, wraps, hot stone, and body treatments. Spa packages are available that combine several treatments. 

More information: hot pools; bus to Radium; PURE Massage, 250-341-6977.

Panorama BC skyline (Scott Rowed)

Ski hard at Panorama Mountain because you can always soak away the pain at the end of the day. Scott Rowed Photo.