Squaw-Alpine wants to stay open all summer. (Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows/Facebook)
A bonanza year in much of the Sierra Nevada and plenty of late-season snow in the Rockies will keep a dozen ski and snowboard resorts operating into May and beyond.
Officials at Squaw Valley continue to kick around the idea of staying open all summer -- beyond the July 4 date they previously earmarked for closing. And, as usual, Timberline in Oregon will have lifts turning into next fall.
Here’s a list of resorts that have announced they will be open well past when most others have shut down for winter and begun to prepare for the summer season:
Arizona Snowbowl. Longest season ever for northern Arizona mountain, closing on May 7.
Loveland. Front-range fave will keep going until May 7.
Sugar Bowl. Tahoe-area mountain plans to drop the ropes until May 7.
Boreal. Tahoe-area mountain will close in early May but reopen for the weekends of June 10 and July 1.
Mt. Bachelor. Oregon big mountain expects to keep thing running until Memorial Day.
Timberline. The leader long seasons once again will go into autumn.
Snowbird. Utah powder mountain will stay open daily through May 18, then weekends if conditions permit. Tram closed for maintenance.
Arapahoe Basin. Coloradans can carve the soft stuff right into June, with a scheduled closing on June 11.
Mammoth. SoCal behemoth eyeing July 4 but will be open at least through Memorial Day.
Squaw-Alpine Meadows. Record snowfall will keep California mountain going through July 4 -- and maybe beyond.
Mt. Rose. High elevation and record snowfall will keep this local fave open through the end of May.
Whistler. British Columbia snow-catch plans to run through May 30.