The end of every ski season can bring about nostalgic feelings right off the bat. Time can seem to pass by so quickly and it can feel like you just didn’t get in enough skiing. Even if you were able to escape to the mountains every other weekend, true snow buffs know that they could have fit in more runs if they really tried. But don’t start beating yourself up over it now because while the season has a few short weeks left, some resorts are ready to keep the party going!
The 2018-2019 ski season saw some incredible snowstorms that dramatically altered the snowpack and skiing conditions at resorts across the U.S. This has led to quite a few resorts seeing an increase in crowds and opened the possibility for them to stay open a little longer. Spring and Summer skiing is a whole new level of excitement. It brings with it more comfortable temps, softer snow and a thrilling experience that is a little different than during the middle of winter.
Historically, some of these resorts tend to stay open later anyway. So even if next season doesn’t bring the flurries like it did the year previous, you’re going to really enjoy what these resorts have to offer past the typical ski season you’re used to.
Some resorts aren’t given names for the fun of it. While Mammoth Mountain traditionally sees a lot of snow annually- more than 400 inches – the latest ski season brought 15 feet of snow in the first half of February! The lifts and attractions will be open until July 4th, 2019, and guests are excited about what that will entail.
It will be even more crucial to bring things like water and sunscreen with you if you plan on heading to the resort. The latter isn’t something a lot of people think about needing throughout the season, but it’s actually important to have on hand, especially moving into the summer.
Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows
These resorts are located in Northern California near Lake Tahoe. Both have a long-running habit of staying open late, and they plan on keeping the trails open well past most resorts in the area. Squaw Valley will be joining Mammoth in staying open until July 4th. It’ll make for an incredibly unique ski vacation, right in the middle of summer! That’s definitely one way to spend your Independence weekend, while everyone else is headed to the beach.
Alpine Meadows won’t see their resort open quite as long, but will still operate throughout May thanks to the extra cushion of snow they saw! Each resort will have more opportunities for guests to soak up the sun. It’s a fun treat for skiers who might have missed a larger portion of the season and for those just wanting to squeeze in a little more time too.
Bars, restaurants and more après opportunities also await everyone after a full, sunny day on the mountain. Favorites like Le Chamois or KT Base Bar will be open so you can enjoy some downtime with your friends and family.
Many resorts in Colorado were thankful for what the storms brought to the state. Quite a few will be staying opening well into April, but Arapahoe Basin will be the last ski resort to close in the state. It closes on June 2nd, so there’s no need to put away your ski gear just yet! Its prime location also helps keep snow at optimal skiing conditions for longer, giving skiers more time to explore the trails.
Summer is usually reserved for the beach, but A-Basin has its own version to enjoy. Though there’s a severe lack of an ocean view, “The Beach” is a prime spot for guests to go to. But be sure to get there early since it is so popular. Space is limited and there is a fee to hold and keep your space!
Located close to other favorite Utah resorts like Alta, Snowbird will stay open until the last Friday in May. That means there’s still plenty of time to hit the slopes and your favorite spots around the resort.
If you’re looking for a fine dining option, you can hit up the Aerie as the perfect solution. Nights will still be chilly so cozy up to a glowing fireplace and enjoy live music after a delicious meal!
Buckle up a few more weeks of excellent spring skiing at Loveland Ski Area! The resort- and more than 1,700 acres of skiable terrain- plan on staying open until May 5th. Loveland usually sees a lot of powder, even boasting (rightfully so) the most snow than any Front Range or Summit County resort.
Catch fun events like “Never Summer” Demo Days, more live music, and an Easter egg hunt thrown into the mix. Guests can also continue taking advantage of free snowcat tours to get out into steep and deep territory! The weather will be just a bit warmer so you can see the views while you bask in the sunlight.
Making your way to visit Canada can seem like a tricky excursion to accomplish. Even if you live close it might difficult to travel there when you have a full schedule. The nice thing about Lake Louise, however, is that it tends to stay open well into the spring. Hopefully, you can make your way, and since they’ll be open until May 5th you’ll still have ample time to plan.
Lake Louise is also a special place because it’s in such close proximity to Sunshine Village and Mt. Norquay. Though Mt. Norquay will be closing sooner than the former resort, it’ll stay open for a good portion of the spring.
It’s also fairly easy to hit up all three resorts if you’re itching for even more trails. You can explore all the chutes, gullies and remote bowls and challenge yourself thanks to the tough terrain. Extra days to ski mean more time to perfect your skills while taking advantage of warmer temps and fluffier snow.
There are more resorts that stay open late into the “traditional” ski season and it’s always advised to check both local and national projections. Some destinations are fairly consistent with their open and close dates. However, sometimes these resorts will surprise you. Enjoy the sun and let the party continue!