If April skiing had a theme it would be “you can get anything you want,” including some of the best skiing and riding of the season. The crowds are absent, and lodging prices are rock bottom. High-end upgrades can be had for a song. Here are some resort considerations for awesome late-season skiing.
The greatest-snow-on-earth state’s real spring bloomer is Snowbird. They expect to be open until Memorial Day, but only Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays after May 1.
Oregon’s Mount Bachelor, the highest elevation resort in the Cascades and one of the top spring destinations in the country, is full on until May 29. They’re even selling a $149 spring pass good from now until then. Perhaps the best spring pass deal in ski country.
California’s Mammoth Mountain, which is buried under a winter of never-ending snowfall, is reporting on its website that “Mammoth looks like it is going to be open until the 4th of July.” In Lake Tahoe, Heavenly is touting 2010-2011 as “the snowiest season on record” and just extended its season to May 4. Northstar-at-Tahoe closes April 24, Squaw Valley stops the lifts on May 8, and Alpine Meadows will run until May 15.
Most of the major players in Colorado—Vail, Copper Mountain, and Breckenridge, for example—remain open until Easter, April 24. Loveland, the closest resort to Denver, will hang in way up there near the Great Divide until May 8.
Up in Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, and Mt. Norquay are enjoying their greatest snowfall in the past five seasons. But come spring, you’ve got to ride Sunshine Village, Canada’s highest-elevation resort. (One run takes you along the Continental Divide into both Alberta and British Columbia.) Sunshine has the most snow and will be open until at least May 23.
At Whistler Resort, Blackcomb Mountain remains open until May 30, but the Whistler Mountain half of that two-faced, gargantuan ski area closes April 26. Blackcomb reopens the Horstman Glacier for six weeks of summer skiing from mid-June to the end of July. At British Columbia’s interior resorts, some cool spots like Revelstoke are hanging on until Easter, April 24.
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