Skiing and water parks… You can easily be forgiven for thinking they’re mutually exclusive. However, this is not the case. Thanks to the practice of enclosing water parks for year-round use, it’s now very easy to have two family vacations rolled into one. Ski resorts around the country have upgraded their offerings and eliminated the hassle of disappointed guests due to weather changes. Meaning that you can now hit the slopes or the slides, ski vacations are no longer a risky bet for families who arrive and hope for good ski conditions. Here are five of the best waterpark-equipped ski resorts.
OpenAire designed and built the unique retractable roof enclosure for the 40,000 square foot Pump House, Jay Peak’s water park. It doesn’t matter if there’s a blizzard raging in this heavily snow-prone area in Vermont (it receives around 375 inches per year), you can still ride the 55’ high slides or experience the many other attractions the park has to offer.
Set in the Poconos Mountains, Split Rock Resort has a 53,326 square foot water park called H2Oooohh! It has a FlowRider, a slide that drops four stories, a wave pool, raft slides, and hot tubs. H2Oooohh! is open to the public, so you don’t need to be staying at the resort to enjoy it.
The Big Splash Indoor Waterpark at this rustic Hudson Valley resort, close to New York, includes a 250-foot high tube slide, splash pads, and interactive fountains along with a new outdoor waterpark, opening in 2020, for summer guests.
When you’re not out on one of the 30 runs or the nine-lane tubing center at this resort in New York’s snow belt, you can head to the 41,000 square-foot Cascades Indoor Waterpark and feel like it’s summer again as you ride the wave pool and slides.
Silver Rapids Indoor Water Park in Northern Idaho includes a fun interactive spray deck for the kids, as well as two enclosed tube slides, the Hoop Lagoon basketball pool, and a 315-foot lazy river. Feel like alternating between skiing and surfing during the same vacation? No problem – there’s a continuous wave-surfing machine too. At the end of the day, you can also relax in the giant hot tub, known as the Warm Spring.
Since it is quite easy now to build indoor parks that can stay open all year round, more and more resorts are looking at adding these amenities to ensure that guests dont cancel vacations or aren't stuck when the weather for skiing doesn't cooperate. In addition to waterparks, look for resorts with expanded selections of other activities like snow tubing, skating, hiking, and indoor arcades, restaurants and activity centers, when you plan your next ski holiday.
At OpenAire, we know our water parks. We have built enclosures for many of the country’s finest, helping turn them into year-round attractions, regardless of the weather or climate. From the northern border to the deep south, OpenAire is helping clients create year-round water parks. These include one of the top 5 parks in Texas; Epic Waters, the largest indoor Waterpark in the USA; Kalahari in the Pocono Mountains Pennsylvania, Zehnder’s Splash Village in Michigan, Pirate’s Cay in Illinois, Jay Peak’s Pump House Waterpark in Vermont and Water-Zoo Indoor Water Park in Oklahoma. Contact us to see how we can help you!