If you’re like us and not ready to stash your skis or snowboard for the season, don’t forget that there are still plenty of ski resorts that stay open in May and often later. To help you get a couple more turns in this season, we compiled a roundup of the best resorts where you can ski in May thanks to deep snowpacks, north-facing slopes and even glaciers.
Valle Nevado, Chile
Thanks to 4+ feet of snowfall in early May, Valle Nevado just opened a month a head of schedule. Learn more>>>
Whistler, British Columbia
Whistler Mountain shuts down on April 23, but Blackcomb has extended its spring ski season to May 22. There’s a short break in early June, but summer glacier skiing is expected to kick off mid June to mid July!
Where to stay: The Westin Resort and Spa provides easy access to the Blackcomb Excalibur Gondola, plus a host of world-class services and amenities.
Boasting the longest ski season in the Alps thanks to its high elevation, glacier skiing and north-facing slopes, Zermatt offers skiing year-round! Ski across the Italian border to Cervinia through May 1, and then schuss while soaking in the views from Glacier Paradise atop the Klein Matterhorn cable car.
Where to stay: Dating back to 1879, the historic Grand Hotel Zermatterhof is less than 250 yards from the lifts and provides a truly elegant, uniquely Alpine guest experience.
Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta
Lake Louise ski area extended their season with daily skiing until May 7. Mt. Norquay will close as scheduled in mid April, and Sunshine Village, always the last of the Big 3 to close, will celebrate the season with the 88th Annual Slush Cup on May 22.
Where to stay: Offering a perfect blend of seclusion, luxury and relative convenience to downtown Banff and the three resorts, Fairmont Banff Springs is a top lodging choice.
This Utah resort’s ski season goes strong through May, and weekend skiing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays likely well into June this year.
Where to stay: Enjoy several topnotch onsite restaurants and ski in ski out access when staying at Snowbird’s flagship accommodations, the Cliff Lodge and Spa.
Mammoth Mountain, California
This resort is almost always California’s last to close. Right now, closing day is scheduled for July 4, but it’s likely that the resort will stay open later perhaps even until ski season 2017-18 starts up again.
Where to stay: Providing ski in ski out access, Juniper Springs Lodge is one of Conde Nast’s top 50 ski properties and well deserving of the accolade in our book.
If you’re on the East Coast and still feel the need for speed, head to Killington to rip up some fast groomers. Don’t miss the May Day Slalom on May 1, where contestants can sign up for free to test their skills on the Superstar Trail slalom course.
Where to stay: For all the comforts of home, including spacious living areas and full kitchens, Highridge Condominiums come well recommended.
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