Going for a swim at a ski resort? It borders on the silly side of insane. Yet this is exactly what some resorts around the world offer along with luxurious accommodation.
Ahead of the opening of the €63 million (A$95 million) Aquamotion Centre in Courchevel, we take a look at the very best swimming pools in ski resorts. It sounds crazy, but these are sure to tempt you away from the fire and into the water.
Aquamotion, Courchevel, France
The state-of-the-art Aquamotion centre opens in December 2015. The centre includes seven eco-friendly heated swimming pools, a three-lane water slide, three Finnish saunas and a climbing wall within the 15,000-metre-squared complex.
Mountain Village, Panorama, Canada
Panorama resort has the largest complex of heated outdoor pools in Canada. It's known for its steep terrain, but it also has a great selection of places to go for a slope-side dip.
Monkey Pools, Shiga Kogen, Japan
Near the Japan resort of Shiga Kogen snow monkeys have a favourite place to swim during the winter. It's a 45-minute walk from the main village, but be warned – they have been known to steal from tourists!
Split Rock Pools, Snowshoe Mountain, USA
This is the perfect place for families to relax and have fun after a day on the slopes. There's a geyser, slides and an indoor/outdoor swimming area for kids, plus there's a sauna and hot tub with spectacular views.
Portillo Hotel Pool, Portillo, Chile
A lot of the Alpine World Cup ski racers who train in Chile during the summer will tell you that this is a breath-taking place to hang out. Situated outside the iconic yellow Portillo Hotel, it's surrounded by the snow-covered peaks of the Andes and the frozen Laguna Del Inca Lake.
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Candlelit Pool, Zermatt, Switzerland
Facing towards the iconic Matterhorn peak, the candlelit pool inside the luxurious Omnia design hotel is perfect for off-slope relaxation.
Black Spa Rooftop Pool, Kitzbuhel, Austria
Kitzbuhel has the largest rooftop pool in the Alps. Located on top of the hotel Schwarzer Adler as part of its Black Spa, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains – plus there's an underwater sound system. Rock on.
Aquariaz, Avoriaz, France
It's like a jungle in the Alps! Featuring lush vegetation and rocks, water rapids with a gentle current, a slidewinder (a kind of aquatic halfpipe), a water playhouse, a paddling pool, a large pool with climbing walls, massage benches and an open-air spa heated to 34 degrees, Aquariaz in Avoriaz is a must-visit for any pool enthusiast.
Aqua Dome, Otztal, Austria
The Aqua Dome barely looks like it's on this planet, let alone near a ski resort. The thermal spa centre has three outdoor bowls suspended 6 metres above the ground, and has various indoor pools too.
Olympia Sport and Congress Centre, Seefeld, Austria
The cross-country mad village needed a place for skiers to recover from a day out on the snow tracks. The Olympia Centre has two indoor pools and four outdoor pools to enjoy. Kids can also whizz down the many slides winding in and out of the centre.
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