Memorial Day Weekend is the official kick-off to summer, but don't tell that to Mother Nature!
More than a dozen ski resorts are currently open, or re-opening, for Memorial Day Weekend and beyond from California, to Colorado and Vermont. Thanks to a series of storms rolling through the Western U.S., Memorial Day Weekend conditions will feel more like February than May. Mammoth Mountain has received more than 700 inches of snow at the summit this season and expects to offer skiing and riding into August. This weekend, Mammoth will have more than 40 trails open for skiing and riding, in addition to the Unbound Terrain parks where you can catch a glimpse of the more than 50 U.S. Snowboard and Freeski Team members training and dialing in tricks for the 19-20 season.
In the Tahoe Region, Squaw Valley has also received more than 700 inches of snowfall this season and will offer more than 50 open trails this weekend. Squaw is scheduled to close out the season July 7 with the Lake Tahoe Freedom Fest - a five-day festival of music, paying tribute to the 1991 concert by the Jerry Garcia Band that took place at Squaw. Plue, more music at the High Camp pool & hot tub and a free show at KT Base Bar with Paul Oakenfold and a fireworks display.
Utah's Snowbird Resort is also encroaching on the 700-inch mark too, with 690 inches of snowfall this season. The Bird has a 116-inch mid-mountain base and will be open May 25-27.
In Colorado, Aspen Mountain re-opens for Memorial Day Weekend, offering 130 acres of skiable terrain, and the start of Aspen Mountain’s summer operations with access to sightseeing and food/beverage options at the Sundeck restaurant. There will be a live DJ outside on the deck Saturday and Sunday.
The #aMAYzing season continues at Purgatory Resort in Southwest Colorado, which re-opens for Memorial Day Weekend, and conditions will be outstanding following more than a foot of snow this week. Plus, the 48th Annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Road Race ends at the resort on Sunday.
Arapahoe Basin will also be open this weekend, and the area nestled on the west side of Loveland Pass just announced that The Legend will remain open until at least June 9 thanks to a foot of snow this week and an 80-inch mid-mountain base. The Festival of the Brewpubs also takes place Sunday with dozens of local breweries participating and live music.
After a record-breaking winter season and an abundance of spring snowfall, Breckenridge Ski Resort plans to extend the 2018-19 ski and snowboard season for two additional weekends beyond Memorial Day. The resort will remain open daily through Memorial Day, May 27 as planned, and then will shift to a weekend schedule, offering skiing and riding on Saturdays and Sundays June 1-2 and June 8-9, weather and conditions permitting.
“It has been one of the best winter seasons I can remember during my more than 25-year career, and we are thrilled to keep it going for our guests and passholders,” said John Buhler, vice president, and chief operating officer at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Meanwhile, in Vermont, winter and summer are colliding at Killington Resort. The ski and snowboard season is still going strong on Superstar, plus the Bike Park, Golf Course and Adventure Center will all be open too.