While the East and Midwest suffered through a warm and seemingly snowless season, springtime in Western North America has been good enough that there are at least eight ski resorts which will be open for Memorial Day Weekend and possibly beyond, in 2016.
We all know Aspen as the home of Winter X and great powder lines, apparently they have great spring riding as Aspen will be re-opening for Memorial Day Weekend. Discounted $39 lift tickets and (hopefully) short lift lines should make it worthwhile, even though you won’t be seeing the best conditions.
Whistler: the North American Mecca for snowboarders. You can get your late season turns, attend Camp of Champions, mountain bike, almost anything an adventurer could want is available at Whistler.
Whistler is also a part of Mountain Collective so maybe you can finally afford that trip that you’ve been dreaming of. Maybe you will go in the spring and make your season last a little longer. The choice is yours.
I honestly don’t know much about Squaw Valley and I just found out they were open for late spring skiing this morning. What I can tell you is that they are also on the Mountain Collective. If you’re looking for a pass with spring options, the Mountain Collective is probably your best bet.
The home of Superpark 20, Mammoth Mountain is known for their parks, big name riders, steeps, and powder. They’re also a late-season favorite, often extending the season through late spring and even in to the summer if it’s been a particularly good year. This year, Mammoth still has not set a hard closing date, and they anticipate remaining open at least through the first week of June!
Aparahoe Basin: the ski resort that started me on this quest for knowledge and on my journey for snow in July. A-Basin is a perennial favorite for late season shenanigans, their “beach” parties are legendary, and it seems the winter season reliably rolls in to June almost every year. A-Basin is reciprocal with the Epic Pass, so those of you who ride Vail resorts (elsewhere in Colorado, Utah, California, and the Midwest) can get some more bang for your season pass buck by taking a late-season trip to Colorado.
Timberline Lodge, on Mount Hood is famously open most of the – some years they only close for a few weeks in August for lift maintenance – thanks to the Palmer snow field which plays host to summer training camps for alpine and freestyle disciplines.
This staple of summer riding is on the Powder Alliance pass, so if you go out west enough to buy a season pass somewhere, Timberline should be on your short list. You can’t beat the best winter powder riding paired with the longest season in North America. They also keep a park for the whole season that will be sure to help you push your skills on the rails and in the air.
While Snowbird may not be on everyone’s radar, they average about 500” of snow each year, and routinely stay open through Memorial Day.
Like most of the Utah resorts, Snowbird does not have any reciprocity with another major season pass group, but proximity to downtown Salt Lake City, easy access to the airport (you can be on the slopes by lunchtime if you hitch an early flight), epic terrain, snowfall, and a season that spans 6 or 7 months of the year, it’s hard to say no to the Bird.
If you live closer to the East Coast Killington is where you want to be for Memorial Day Weekend as it is the lone East Coast resort that makes the Memorial Day Weekend cut for 2016. If you’re going to release you’re inner Canadian, you might as well go where there is fresh Maple Syrup right? We may not often think of the east coast as a “desirable’ place to go ride but spring snow is spring snow and Killington is on my bucket list.