Just when we thought El Niño has petered out on the mountains of the West, the metrological maiden has come on with force to put down as much as two feet as April begins.Thus, a number of resorts in the West have decided to stay open a bit longer.
Aspen Highlands is the latest to decide that there’s just too much snow on the mountain to shut down. The old-school mountain will reopen for the weekends of April 23-24 and April 30-May 1, with 100 percent of the hill open.
“The late season should bring true spring skiing and good winter snow in parts of the Bowl, especially in the G zones which receive Northern sun exposure keeping the snow nice and soft,” said Aspen Highland’s Kevin Hagerty.
Here’s a list of some other Western resorts to announce that they will stay open beyond their announced closing dates:
Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. The SoCal duo got a reprieve from a less-than-hearty El Niño season with nearly a foot of spring snowfall. Thus, both will extend a week to April 17 – and maybe beyond if the skies keep producing.
Stevens Pass and White Pass. The Washington powderhound havens got enough to, first, keep daily operations until April 10. Stevens Pass will restart the lifts for April 15-17 and April 23-24, while White Pass will farther into spring on weekends through May 1.
Mount Hood Meadows. The Oregon volcano resort will stay open daily through April 17. After that, lifts will run Fridays to Sundays through May 1, the weekend of May 7-8 and then a season-ending party on May 14.
Mt. Spokane. The town hill in western Washington will put stay open at least until April 7 – and farther if the snow sticks around.
Pebble Creek. Same at southeastern Idaho’s day-trip mountain, which will extend at least another week through April 8-9.
Photos: Top - SoCal snowfall means more time on the slopes this season (Snow Summit/Facebook); Below - Stevens' Pass is Washington is among the NW resorts extending the season (Stevens Pass/Facebook)