With over 30 inches of new snow and another 20 inches by next weekend, many Colorado ski resorts have decided to extend their closing day or re-open for one last weekend of powder skiing.
The lower 48 states may be well into spring, but winter just won’t give up in the Rockies. Most Colorado ski resorts have received over a foot of fresh snow in the last 24 to 48 hours, and could receive another 20 inches of new snow by Saturday, April 20. The only problem is that most Colorado ski resorts have already closed for the season. Aspen Highlands and Winter Park are among the few Colorado ski resorts that are still officially open. They were set to close this coming weekend, April 20-21. But this just in: Aspen Highlands, who’s received over 30 inches of snow in last week, recently announced they’d be opening up for a bonus weekend, April 27-28. And in other big ski resort news; both Vail, Breckenridge and Copper have received over a foot of fresh snow since their closing day on Sunday, April 14, so they too are re-opening for this coming weekend, April 19-21.A view of Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands post snow-storm.
While the Colorado Rockies seem to have reaped the most benefit from this spring snow storm, there are still plenty of other ski resorts open. California’s Kirkwood recently announced that they will stick to their initial April 21 closing date, Squaw will also close April 21. Mammoth will be open until Memorial Day thanks to new snow in the Lake Tahoe area. British Columbia’s Whistler Blackcomb has also extended its season until May 27. Utah’s Little Cottonwood resorts−Alta and Snowbird−will also remain open. Alta has closed for weekday skiing, but will be open April 19-21 and April 26-28. Snowbird will remain open until May 12, and after that they will only open on weekends until a determined closing date based on snow conditions.
So, if the promise of one more day of powder skiing this season is too tempting to pass up, you’ll want to consider booking a last minute ski vacation.