Fanny pack. Backward visor. Monoski. You’re ready. PHOTO: Courtesy of Mammoth Mountain
Summer is here. School is out, the sun is hot, and you're itching to skin up to that couloir on skier's left that you see on your drive home. We know the feeling.
But save your thigh muscles this time around. Thanks to a banner year, there are six ski areas in North American where the lifts are still spinning. So call up your riding buddies who survived the season sans knee blowout, and caravan out to the sweet, sticky pockets that cover faces of resorts along the West Coast. From Northern California to the PNW, there is still plenty of soft corn in need of harvesting.
Squaw Valley Ski Resort--Lake Tahoe, CA ($69/day)
• With lifts operating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, dedicated spring riders can hike and lap the Palisades from Headwall, ski the snake, and test their knees on slush-covered bumps all weekend long. The Northern California spring skiing hub plans to stay open all summer long, as weather permits.
Timberline Lodge Ski Area-Mt. Hood, OR ($68/day)
• With a base depth of 122" and a reputation as the ski area with the longest season, Timberline has lifts operating into August starting June 5 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day. So buy a pass, hike the park, get the shot, grab a PBR twelver, and skate around Government Camp until the sun slides behind Mama Hood. Let the summer sessions on Party Mountain begin.
Beartooth Basin Ski Area-Highway 212, WY ($45/day)
• Located in Wyoming near the border to Montana, Beartooth Basin is open through July 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. At the first annual MRA Summer Shredfest on June 16-18, ditch your day job to rip around Beartooth on a $20 Power Hour pass,
Mammoth Mountain--Mammoth Lakes, CA ($89/day)
• Open well into August, as snow provides, Mammoth Mountain offers lift operation from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily. Shred the resort from the Main Lodge to the summit all day and stretch out those skier legs in the Mammoth hot springs all night. Rinse and repeat.
Copper Mountain Resort-Summit County, CO ($28/day)
• Park rats, first ask mom's permission (only groms hang out in the park, right?), grab your Tall Ts, and head out to Woodward Copper. Public hike sessions in the Big Island Park are hosted every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. now through October 1.
Reopening for the Fourth of July:
Mount Bachelor Ski Resort--Bend, OR ($29/day)
• After receiving over 600 inches of snowfall this winter, Bachelor will reopen for summer skiing from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 2 through Independence Day. Stop at these breweries on your way to or from a big day at Mount Bachelor.