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Soaking in the Spirit of Skijoring

Mountain Hot Tub connects with its community in a unique way

In February, the chilly mountain air of Big Sky, Montana, was electrified with the sixth annual Best in the West Showdown, an event orchestrated by the Big Sky Skijoring Association. Skijoring is a winter sport in which skiers towed by horses — or dogs, other animals or even motor vehicles — maneuver through obstacles and soar over jumps. Each year, the association hosts the two-day showdown that includes racing competitions, music and food. 

Mountain Hot Tub, a hot tub company based in Bozeman, Montana, not only helps fund the event but also offers a unique experience for attendees and competitors, providing a hot tub and mobile sauna at the event. 

“We offer the hottest seats in the house in our running hot tub, nestled in the bottom of the largest jump in the course,” says Liza Salter, Mountain Hot Tub’s director of marketing and brand development. “Can you imagine sitting with your friends in the middle of the race with skiers jumping over your head? We [also] love to bring our mobile sauna for folks to sit in and warm up during the event.”

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Salter emphasizes Mountain Hot Tub’s longstanding commitment to the Big Sky area. 

“We’ve been part of the Big Sky community for a long time and enjoy partnering with different organizations that are meaningful to us and our customers,” she says. “We love to sponsor exciting events and participate if possible — it’s fun for our staff to be a part of outside of working hours.”

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Justa Adams, executive director of the Big Sky Skijoring Association, is grateful for the ongoing partnership. “The Showdown gets bigger and better every year because of people like them who help us execute a dream,” she says. “Bringing together skiers, horses, hot tubs and the Wild West — it’s the perfect mix.”

Max Blaser, the general manager of Mountain Hot Tub, emphasizes the collaborative effort required to make the event a success. 

“This event certainly takes a lot of work,” he says. “It’s a long setup and tear-down process, but it’s worth it for us to support such a fun and unique cause. We can’t wait for next year; maybe we’ll find another tub that works as a trough for the horses — who knows?”