Ski Areas To Stay Open Till August
Memorial Day weekend unofficially kicked off summer but it looks like it really will be an endless winter for skiers in the U.S. this year. With epic base depths surpassing 700″ and late season snowfall, coverage has reached all-time highs. And though while Park City and Deer Valley resorts in Utah incurred the wrath of locals for closing when the town was still covered in white, other ski areas tripped over each other to extend their seasons. Many lasted at least through April. Some, like Breckenridge, Colo., added an extra month to their calendar for late spring skiing and still others remain open.
It’s not over yet
Snowbird, Utah, plans to stay open weekends through at least July 4, 2019, and possibly longer. Those with a 2019/20 Snowbird Season Pass or Ikon Pass can ski free; and with the Mountain Collective or any other season pass, can ski for $50.
Mammoth Mountain just announced they will be open daily until August. This isn’t new for the California resort, both 1995 and 2017 saw extended seasons, but this year the area coverage seems to surpass those other years. Twenty-nine inches fell this month; breaking their May 2015 record for snowfall.
Photo by Ryan Freitas
Also in the Sierras, Squaw Valley stays open through July 7 and is running a “$5 Friday” special in June. You have to buy the tickets online or via Squaw’s app at least 48 hours in advance. All proceeds from those particular lift ticket sales go to support the Tahoe Fund’s goal of raising $35,000 for the “Bike Racks for Basin Businesses” campaign. Funds raised by this program will be matched up to $10,000 by Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.
Speaking of basins, Arapahoe ‘A’ Basin closes out the longest season in Colorado on June 23. The 2018/19 season began October 19. Tickets are $54 online, possibly less if you have a season pass from another resort.
Oregon slopes tell a different story. There has always been glacier ski and race training in the summer at Mt Hood and Timberline so exactly how long one season lasts and when the next one starts is a blur. You will need to purchase a summer ski pass to ski through Labor Day weekend at Timberline. The area will close for a few weeks and then re-open for the 2019/20 season.
There will also be skiing up at Canada’s Blackcomb Resort. Whistler has closed to make way for their summer mountain biking season but the lifts over on Blackcomb keep spinning through July 14, 2019.
Of course, you can take your skiing elsewhere like Chile, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand but this just may be the year to table those plans, flash your Ikon or Mountain Collective and rip the runs a bit closer to home.