Do you know the relationship between hot springs and winter sports?
Skiing and snowboarding in winter mountains and hot springs that heat up cold body seem to be made for each other.
It is true in California.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in the east side of the Sierra Nevada is the key site for winter sports.
It is said to be one of the places where you can enjoy skiing for the longest period in North America; it usually opens from November through June.
It is 30 minutes’ drive from the ski site to Long Valley Caldera.
In the wilderness, there are at least seven hot springs gushing, including Little Hot Creek Hot Springs.
Out of them, Crab Cooker Hot Springs seems to be the best in terms of the quality of water and the spectacle.
The primitive tub made of rocks and mortar is fed by yellowish water.
When the extremely hot water starts to be provided into the tub, opening the valve at the bottom, you will realize that the color of water came from the characteristic ingredients.
You will see a gushing point on the ground 30 feet apart from the tub.
The temperature is around 160 degrees F, and perhaps you may boil river crabs while soaking.
In a few minutes, water in the open-air tub becomes hot enough, and the volcanic oil slightly smells.
Characteristic oil smell
|Crab Cooker Hot Springs, Mammoth Lakes, California, USA|
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While going around other outdoor tubs in the caldera, you will notice that the visitors differ from primitive hot springs in other areas.
Normally, you will see hippies at such secluded places.
However, in Long Valley Caldera, a number of city boys and girls are enjoying soaking.
In fact, as these hot tubs are located near the famous ski resort, soaking in them is thought to be one of the newest leisure, called hot-tubbing.
Clothing is optional, and waiting is recommended if you see previous visitors naked.