Bragging rights to long ski and ride seasons belong to a handful of resorts across the country and the fun-loving die-hards who enjoy some of the best turns of the year with goggle tans and fun parties to end the year.
Arapahoe Basin will close the first weekend of June (depending on conditions) and will celebrate the longer days, sunnier skies and great snow conditions with free live music from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mountain Goat Plaza. Close out another amazing season of skiing and riding at Loveland May 6 with BBQ, drinks and live music on the Basin Patio. Snowfall in Winter Park is up 86 percent from the April average - they’ll also keep on skiing through May 6.
In New England, Killington’s Superstar Quad will run daily through May 6, then Friday through Sunday until the snow is gone. The Stateside Jet Triple and Bonaventure Quad will run for Jay Peak fans daily through May 6, an update from initial plans to close midweek. Sugarbush and Sugarloaf will reopen for one more weekend, May 5-6, and Whiteface and Wildcat may join in the fun for one last weekend too.
It's prime time for early morning corduroy turns and afternoon soft spring snow laps under the California sunshine. Squaw Valley will turn the lifts through Memorial Day Weekend and Mammoth plans to enjoy the snow until at least Memorial Day.
The Midwest is experiencing one of their snowiest springs in recent memory. Michigan’s Boyne Mountain and Mount Bohemia both plan to reopen for the weekend of May 5-6. Wisconsin’s Granite Peak and Minnesota’s Lutsen will also open for one more weekend, May 5-6. Throw in some afternoon golf and you’ve got a perfect Midwest weekend.
Mt. Bachelor will operate 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Memorial Day Weekend. The Palmer lift is now open at four-season Timberline Lodge with glacier skiing to be had into September. Mt. Hood Meadows sends out the season with a bang May 12 with the Season’s End Festival.
The longest season in Utah belongs to Snowbird, where they’ll be open daily through May 13.