Turns to be had at Snow Summit. (Snow Summit/Facebook)
Mid-winter doldrums gave way to a snow-filled spring that has kept many resort open longer than expected – and cranked up the end-of-season parties.
Resorts in the Sierra Nevada have seen record snowfall this season, but it’s not over. Forecasters have several feet falling on Mammoth Mountain and the higher Tahoe-area mountains, with residue of the storms putting down a couple more inches in Utah and Colorado.
At many resorts, the traditional pond-skimming and “spring flings” are done, but the amount of snow still on the ground – and the relatively cool temps that keep it there – give them little choice but to keep the lifts turning longer.
As of Aprill 4, only three Golden State resorts have closed for the season. And, a number of Tahoe resorts already have extended their seasons. The latest is Homewood that will keep two mountain lifts and beginner lifts open through April 16.
In Idaho, Schweitzer has extended for an extra week.
Here’s a listing of announced closing dates during April in California – pending any more snow:
April 9 – Tahoe Donner, Snow Summit
April 16 – Boreal,Homewood, Kirkwood
April 23 – Northstar, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Sugar Bowl, Diamond Peak
April 30 – Heavenly