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5 Strange Saunas


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Gondola Sauna
Riding the gondola naked no longer has to mean frostbite and arrest!
Riding the gondola naked no longer has to mean frostbite and arrest!
Image Courtesy CWA Constructions

Let's face it: The best part of hitting the slopes isn't skiing the slopes -- it's warming up in the ski lodge afterward. If you happen to be Finnish, then there's only one way to warm back up: take it all off and let a lengthy sauna session do its work.

Now, thanks to relentless Finnish sauna innovators, you don't have to leave the slopes to enjoy a relaxing sauna. Pick the Ylläs ski resort as your next vacation destination and you'll have the chance to ascend the slopes of Ylläs Fell in a wood-lined sauna gondola car. Launched in 2008, the luxurious four-seater covers 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) in seven minutes, providing both a breathtaking view of the mountains and a healthy sweat. Can you guess what awaits you at the top? That's right: the resort's main sauna facilities.

The Ylläs Gondola Sauna is only the second such operating sauna lift in the world, the first being Doppelmayr's 2000 sauna gondola in Levi, Finland. If you're looking to install one of these beauties on your own gondola lift, then look no further than Switzerland's CWA Constructions, which offers its own sauna gondola design.


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