The spring skiing and riding season rolls on with eight areas turning lifts this weekend.
No need to hang ‘em up quite yet, but the list is indeed getting shorter. There’s skiing and riding in six states. Several resorts have stayed open continuously, while some others have closed during the week, but plan to re-open for the weekend. Here’s the rundown:
New snow in the West is keeping the season alive and well every day at several resorts in California, Colorado, Oregon and Utah. Several other ski areas are playing the “re-open” card on weekends.
Late-season snow storms have been rolling into Utah mountains, making it difficult to hang up the skis and snowboards but easy for resorts to stay open.
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The first major snowstorm of the season sent ski racers packing, and powder hounds reaching for fat skis.
“It’s the first powder storm of the season, and the crowd is going wild,” said Emily Moench, communications manager for Snowbird on Wednesday morning. “Powder hounds are chomping at the bit.”
California's Boreal fired up its snowmaking system Thursday night as additional snow fell throughout the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountain regions in the west. In Colorado, Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin started snowmaking operations on Friday evening.
Loveland began making snow for the 2013-14 season just after 6 p.m. Friday.
The race is on! A-Basinn began making snow on Friday too!
California's Boreal fired up the snowguns just after midnight Thursday, Sept. 26.
Snow covers the top of the tram at Snowbird.
Fresh snow at Crested Butte!
Looks like mid-winter at Jackson Hole.
First snowfall of the season at China Peak.
First snowfall of the season at Deer Valley.
Sun Valley also picked up a few inches.
Qualifying season passholders at Alta Ski Area, Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR), and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort are offering three free ski days of lift access at each of the other resorts for the 2013-14 season.
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Late-season storms have buoyed conditions at many Western resorts, but this recent largesse doesn’t appear to be enough to keep slopes open beyond announced closing dates.