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SnoCountry SnoCast: Winter Storm Finishes The SnoCast Season

SnoCountry SnoCast: Winter Storm Finishes The SnoCast Season

(Yes, this is really the end of April at Lake Louise Ski Resort in Alberta, Canada with nearly 145cm this month. Similar scenes will overtake the Rockies as yet another snowstorm finishes the month of April. (Lake Louise Ski Resort/Twitter)

Believe it or not, we’ll be turning the calendar into May with a bonafide snow storm for part of the Rockies and upper Midwest.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Who's Open, Where To Find The Snow

SnoCountry SnoCast: Who's Open, Where To Find The Snow

Brighton enjoys the buttery corduroy of their last few days of the season. Brighton expects to close for the season on Sunday, April 23 after an impressive season total of over 600" of snowfall. (Brighton/Facebook)

And we press on. The ski season is definitely winding down, but that won’t stop you die-hards from seeking out the last turns. If you plan to shred what’s left at the slopes, here’s what to expect weather-wise in this week’s SnoCast.

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Kick Back On Outdoor Decks Across The Country

Kick Back On Outdoor Decks Across The Country

Catchin' some rays at Crested Butte (Crested Butte/Facebook)

One of the perks that comes with sticking out the ski and snowboard season to the end is a great sun tan – and lots of party time in the sunshine.


Most mountain resorts make space for sun-worshippers to engage in their favorite apres-ski activities, and SnoCountry took a look around to find some of the best.

Purgatory. Look out, or you might ski right into Purgy's at the base of the southern Colorado resort. Hit up the outdoor bar for craft beers, order an appetizer, and lounge in the deck chairs for some of the best people-watching locales around.

Park City. Mid-Mountain Lodge once served more than 1,000 miners a day. Now, it's the 10th Mountain outdoor grill at the base of the Pioneer and McConkey's Express lifts. Lodge has two-tiered decks and hosts weddings during summer.

Luxury on the mountain at Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley. Take the tramway to High Camp halfway up the mountain. Even if the pools are empty, there's tons of deck chairs and plenty of choices for a nosh – and the views of the Sierra and Lake Tahoe will amaze.

Lutsen Mountains. Summit Chalet at the top of Moose Mountain lays out food, drink and spectacular views to the North Shore of Lake Superior. Menu offers wraps, soups, burgers and pizza -- including local fave walleye sandwich.

Camp III at Loon

Loon. Camp III, a log cabin in the former logging area on New Hampshire mountain, sits at the base of North Peak Express Quad. It's famous for its venison stew, bison burgers and daily specials – but if the sun's out, hit the expansive deck with a beverage and sun screen.

Foggy Goggle go-to at Sunday River.

Sunday River. Foggy Goggle, at the base of the Maine resort, is reputed to have the longest après ski party in the East. Also venue for Bud Light Music Series, with massive deck and tons apres-ski eats on the menu.

Crested Butte. The new Umbrella Bar atop the Prospect Lift gives novices and intermediates a place to catch some rays – if the weather's right. Retractable windows create open-air atmosphere for munchies and local craft beer – and eye-popping views of southern Colorado Rockies.



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Fling In Spring At Colorado Resorts

Fling In Spring At Colorado Resorts

Kayak racing at Monarch (Monarch/Facebook)

As the end of another season is in sight, Colorado skiers and snowboarders go a little crazy knowing that they will soon have to find another way to fulfill their mountain jones. Such anxiety translates into a number of wacky spring traditions.


Beyond pond skimming and beer guzzlin', SnoCountry took a look around the high country of the Centennial State and came up with a sampling of the off-beat, unconventional ways to celebrate both the end of the season and the beginning of spring.

Eldora. Denver's neighborhood mountain has made a habit of returning to its roots every spring. The annual Eldora Retro Days kick off April 1-2 with folks digging through their closets for throwback skiing outfits – “onesie” powder suits, neon headbands, ski bibs, outrageous sunglasses. The resort is set to close the next weekend, and retro gear dominates the final week.

Monarch. The southern Colorado mountain combines its vernal celebration with the upcoming river boating season on the Arkansas River with its annual Kayaks on Snow race April 15. Adventurous paddlers navigate berms, banks and bumps before splashing into the traditional icy pond. The next day, April 16, is the last day of the season with a sendoff cookoff and tailgate party in the parking lot.

Loveland. At a mountain that doesn't plan to close until May, the party begins a month early with the "world's highest cornhole competition" April 1. Skiers and riders will form two-person teams and ride up Chair 1 to the Continental Divide. From there, they will toss bean bags into a hole at 12,700 feet – on hopes of setting a Guinness World Record for the activity.

Build-your-own at Aspen Highland's Scheentag. (Aspen Highlands)

Aspen Highlands. April 9 is closing day and, to finish off the season, the ninth annual Schneetag race goes full bore. Four-man teams build a "craft" that will slide down the main slope and across a small pond at the bottom. At the top, they perform a skit to exemplify the theme of their craft. Winners choose from a list of prizes.



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SnoCountry SnoCast: A Mixed Bag Kind of Forecast

SnoCountry SnoCast: A Mixed Bag Kind of Forecast

After a crazy week of powder in the Northeast, expect a warm up and springlike conditions. Good thing the snow is deep to start at Jay Peak Resort. (Christopher Kurdek )

It’s a mixed bag of weather for the U.S. and Canada this week. Some will get snow, others get very mild temperatures for this last full week of February. 

Read this week's SnoCast to find out what to expect by region Feb. 22- 27.

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Aspen Mountain Re-Opens For Spring Skiing Memorial Day Weekend

Aspen Spring Skiing

Thanks to a number of spring storms and a deep snow pack on Ajax Mountain, Aspen is spinning the lifts for skiing and snowboarding Memorial Day Weekend. 

 

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Spring Skiing From Coast To Coast This Weekend

Mammoth Mountain

The spring skiing and riding season rolls on with eight areas turning lifts this weekend.

 

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Prevent ACL Injuries This Spring; Here Are Some Tips

Spring skiing at Big Sky“Knee injuries are a fact of life in any sport, but over the past 40 years serious knee sprains, usually involving the ACL, have become an inherent risk of modern Alpine skiing, with more than 20,000 sustained each year by skiers in the U. S. alone,” Carl Ettlinger, president of Vermont Safety Research in Underhill, Vt. told SnoCountry.com.

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Record Heat Scorches Northeast Ski Season

Killington Spring

Record heat in the Northeast has put the skids on the 2011-12 ski and snowboard season, with just a handful or resorts hanging on to trails buried in snowmaking over the past few months. But some resorts are wrapping up the season with big events, live music, and smiles well into April.

 

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