Due to record late-winter snowfall, you may be able to ski until the summer
If you don’t feel like you got enough time on the slopes this winter, well, you’re in luck: This year’s ski season could end up running into the summer.
It may sound absurd (skiing on Memorial Day?!According to a recent New York Times reportSome resorts suggest that they might stay open through June or July. For now, a number of big names have already said they’ll be operating until at least late May: California’s Mammoth and Palisades Tahoe, Utah’s Snowbird, Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin, and Vermont’s Killington.
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“The snow coverage at resorts is amazing right now, probably top five all-time,” Michael Reitzell, the president of Ski California, told the Times Send an email.
It’s a big change of pace after a snow drought early in the season limited opportunities for skiing and snowboarding. Resorts across the country are experiencing record snowfall thanks to recent storms that have dropped several feet of powder in a matter of days. At Killington and Pico, for example, the mountains have accumulated enough snow to match the five-year average, but that’s with 30 percent less snowfall in December and January.
You can ski later in the season for a host of benefits including lower rates and less-crowded slopes. People are beginning to take advantage of this: Killington for example has sold 20% more spring skiing passes last year.
More snowfall comes with greater challenges. The West may benefit from the extra snowfall in the last season, but it also means that there are more dangers. For those willing to brave the weather anyway, they might find themselves stuck due to road closures or at a resort where the ski lift isn’t running.
Palisades Tahoe was one example. It had to close for three consecutive days because of heavy storms. The bright side is that the resort can stay open for another five to 10 days in spring because of how much snow was falling, Patrick Lacey, Palisades spokesperson said. The New York Times.
So to all the snow bunnies out there, don’t put your skis winter gear You should not put it in storage yet.
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