By Lucia Goin
The season isn’t over yet. For those of you who refuse to concede to the sunshine and hotter weather plaguing the United States, it’s your lucky day-or, weekend. Many resorts throughout country are either staying open through Memorial Day weekend or reopening as one last hurrah before southern hemisphere skiing officially begins. Some resorts don’t just have the hill open-many are holding barbeques, live music, and other festivities so you can bring your families and non-skiing friends (if you have any). Check out the resorts below for your last chance at spring snow:
Arapahoe Basin, CO: A-Basin is the only resort still open in Colorado, and will be open not only through Memorial Weekend, but they expect to be open halfway through June. Lift tickets will be cheaper than normal and if you secure a season pass for next year now, you can ski free the rest of this season. About 70% of the mountain remains open and boasts packed powder throughout.
Aspen/Snowmass, CO: The top of Aspen Mountain will be open from May 28-30, as weather conditions permit. An unusually cold and snowy May has left the top with a base of 71” and the entire mountain with over 130 acres of available terrain. The mountain will be open from 10 AM-4:30 PM, although Rich Burkey, the Vice President of mountain operations, has encouraged Aspen’s visitors to bike, hike, and even golf at the resort after skiing. The Sundeck restaurant and Ajax Tavern will be open all day as well, for when you’re ready to après.
Crystal Mountain, WA: There is still skiing in the Evergreen State, as Crystal is open for business over the weekend. The Mount Rainier Gondola and three other lifts will be in operation, and there will be live music on the Sundeck, weather permitting.
Jackson Hole, WY: Rumor has it people are already lining up for the reopening of the Big Red Box for the summer season. Skier’s will be allowed to take equipment on the tram, but must ski outside of the resort’s permit area. In other words, it’s backcountry skiing, with all the inherent dangers.
Mammoth Mountain, CA: “Mega Memorial Weekend Party” is taking over Mammoth from May 27-30. Chairs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 23, G1 and G2 will all operate from 8AM-3PM Saturday and Sunday, and there will be plenty of other activities throughout. They’ll be hosting a mechanical bull, a band at the Tusks Bar in the Main Lodge, DJs, a Retro Skiwear Contest, limbo contests, food and drink specials, and on Saturday night there will be a Memorial Madness After Party at the Hyde Lounge until 2 AM.
Silver Mountain, ID: This hidden gem in Northern Idaho is planning to be open for the weekend, and is enticing skiers to ski, golf and session the wave pool in Idaho’s biggest water park all in one weekend.
Snowbird Resort, UT: Snowbird will be closed May 23-26 for maintenance but will reopen through Memorial Weekend. Besides the tram, at least two other lifts are promised to be open and the base is still a solid 173 inches. Lift hours will be dependent on conditions. Snowbird aims to stay open through June and possibly into July.
Squaw Valley USA, CA: Squaw will be open for skiing and riding from Friday through Monday of Memorial Day Weekend, and their famous Lake Cushing Crossing will take place on Sunday, May 29. At High Camp Swimming Pool and Hot Tub’s Umbrella Bar, Squaw will have pool parties, drink specials, and a DJ. Anyone can enter the 20th annual Lake Cushing Crossing pond skimming competition for $20, which starts at 2 PM and will bring wild costumes and prizes in five different divisions. Nearby resort Alpine Meadows will not be open for Memorial Day, but will reopen for Independence Weekend.
Timberline Lodge, OR: Timberline’s spring season ends May 30th with no blackout dates and the longest spring skiing available on Mt. Hood. Their ‘best three’ lifts will be running based on weather and snow conditions. Adult spring tickets are discounted to $48 for a day ticket and $99 for an unlimited spring pass. You can also purchase a Magic Mile Sky Ride ticket for $15 and take the chairlift to the mountain’s 7000′ peak to catch a view of Mt. Hood, Palmer snowfield, and Mt. Jefferson. Timberline also boasts the longest summer ski and ride season in North America-summer season passes are available now and are valid from May 31st-September 5th for $896.
Tuckerman Ravine, NH: As the only place on this list that doesn’t have opening and close dates, Tuckerman Ravine will definitely be available for skiing and boarding through Memorial Weekend. The Ravine still has plenty of spring snow to ski, but proceed with caution, because both Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines are under a general avalanche advisory and a section of Tuckerman is closed from Lunch Rocks to the top of Headwall. Check the Mount Washington Avalanche Center homepage before leaving, and be mindful of clouds, fog, crevasses, undermined snow and falling ice.
Whistler Blackcomb, BC: Blackcomb Mountain will be open daily through Monday, May 30 from 10 AM-4 PM. The Bike Park already opened for the summer and the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will reopen only for sightseeing on Saturday, May 28. Lift tickets for adults have been reduced for spring skiing down to $55, and only $20 for just sightseeing.