Mammoth Mammoth receives plentiful snow all winter, and come spring, things soften up
and the crowds disappear. Mammoth keeps skiing until July 4th some years. Late May 2016, Mammoth still reports 130" of snow base depths on their slopes!
Snowbird, Utah Snowbird gets so much snow, over 500-inches a season, affording them long
lasting conditions, often well into May, and great lodging deals at the
luxurious Cliff Lodge as the skier visits dwindle.
Alta's copious amounts of snow and high elevation, afford it fabulous April
skiing. They generally close about April 20th with 100% of their terrain open.
Lodging at the High Rustler can be a deal on the shoulder seasons,
still no snowboarders allowed at Alta.
High elevation at this Colorado ski resort called ABasin, and great tailgate parties, make this
an annual spring ski rite of passage. The Pallivacini is a spring ski must.
Arapahoe Basin's season is over 233 days long,
starting in October and staying open well into June.
Mt Bachelor Oregon Mt
Bachelor’s 9,065' elevation and above tree line skiing affords good late season skiing
generally into mid-May. Combine that with
biking or a round of golf, and beer testing in Bend - Bachelor makes a great spring ski trip.
Loveland is often the first to open in the country, and with a high elevation
summit at 13,010' it stays open into May. Loveland offers locals and folks from
away classic above tree-line setting in the Colorado Front Range.
Vail Vail becomes party central in April, after the
tourists have left, you get the Back Bowls to yourself, and every evening in Vail village is a
spring celebration - Spring Back to Vail with concerts,
and a beach atmosphere at the base of Vail's slopes till blanketed in white.
Lake Tahoe’s Squaw and Alpine Meadows generally stays open until mid-May.
You have California sunshine, Lake Tahoe views and tons of terrain. Each season may be
longer or shorter based upon snow accumulation in
Lake Tahoe for the season.
Timberline Mount Hood, Oregon
The US Ski Team trains on Mt Hood in June and July, so there’s plenty of snow on this
gorgeous glacier for a summer ski fix. Lodging at the Timberline Lodge is ultra
convenient and historical. Winter season at Mount Hood goes until Memorial Day Weekend.
Mount Hood Meadows, Oregon
This Northern Flank of Mt Hood protects its snow well and is generally open
Mid-May. Mount Hood is actually host to three ski resorts and five glaciers on
its flanks soaring to 11,240'.
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Whistler and Blackcomb are high elevation, and the ski scene keeps rolling here
through April with festivals, parties and plenty of skiing and riding, particularly on
the Blackcomb glacier.
Sunshine snow years can vary so Ski Sunshine
at Banff can remain open until mid-May some
years and close the third week in April others, with a summit elevation of
8,954' and a big 3,500 vertical. The Sunshine gondola whisks you to the
on mountain base of Sunshine Village at 7,000' and the
Sunshine Mountain Lodge where the snow lasts
into May on good snow years. And Banff down the valley is a
ski town in any season with nearby Lake
Louise Ski Resort as well.
Late Season Operations Note: Many of these resorts have full
facility and winter operations (most lifts running, base lodges open until mid
to late April). They will often stay open several weeks longer with limited
lifts (maybe one summit lift) and limited base lodge operations. Its best to call ahead, or check the ski resort website for their operation status, and check the forecast, before you
pack up to go skiing.