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A Five-Pack Of Utah Resorts Beckon For Late Spring Carving

Spring-Snowbird-Cover Spring skiing in Utah soars under the warm sun to produce all kinds of conditions at all times of the day. (Snowbird/Facebook)

A late-season, last-minute excursion to the Utah mountains -- either by Utahns or still-eager skiers and riders from afar -- is out there for those with an unrelenting skiing jones.

The majority of Utah ski and snowboard resorts will be closed by the second week of April, but a stalwart quintet will remain open later. High elevations with late-season snowfall mixed in should produce the variety that makes spring skiing so unique.

The first four listed below stay open until April 18, with Alta adding an extra weekend. Snowbird is, as always, TBA.

The trail map for Alta at the top of Little Cottonwood canyon faces many directions, and its open terrain like Greeley Bowl, Baldy, and Catherine's offer aspects to "play the mountain." And, High Rustler is known for afternoon corn at just the right time on sunny days.

Over the ridge, Brighton tucks into the top of Big Cottonwood. Morning snow on Milly Express warms up first, making Lone Pine and Perris Bowl musts. Then move over to west-facing Elk Park Ridge for afternoon turns on Endless Winter into Lone Star gully.

Next door, Solitude's lower slopes splay out under spring sun for soft, often mushy runs all day. Up top, Barrett's Glade soaks it in, too, but the choice lines are in Honeycomb Canyon. Skier's left faces due east, while the other side stays in the shade until afternoon. Pick your snow of choice and you'll likely find it there.

Head down to Brian Head, the state's southernmost resort. As such, its slopes warm up sooner although 11,000-foot elevations temper that a bit. Two-mountain layout hits all points of the compass. Easy mush off southerly Navajo Express or Wildflower (hit Ute and Marmot); variability galore any direction off Giant Steps Express (ABR trees have shelter); and, the driest snow available on north-facing, heavily treed off The Dune chair.

And, finally, back up Little Cottonwood and Snowbird that never says when it will close. Overall steep terrain holds snow longest, and the front side favors the north. You might find even powder off High Baldy traverse. Want quick-changing snow? Head over to Mineral Basin for unprotected terrain with south and west.


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