It has been a great winter for resorts across North America and Europe, yet many have closed for the season. If you’re not ready to swap your skis or snowboard for your mountain bike or hiking shoes, here are the best resorts where you can ski in May thanks to deep snowpacks, north-facing slopes and even glaciers.
Whistler, British Columbia – Daily skiing and snowboarding on Blackcomb Mountain has been extended to May 26! Whistler Mountain shuts down on April 21, but Blackcomb has extended its spring ski season. There’s a short break in early June, but summer glacier skiing starts on June 21 and is scheduled to be open through July 27! Find Whistler lodging >>>
Zermatt, Switzerland – 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 the second week of May, and then schuss while soaking in the views from Glacier Paradise atop the Klein Matterhorn cable car. Find Zermatt lodging >>>
Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta – After a record-breaking March, with 80 inches of snowfall, Lake Louise ski area extended their season an extra week with daily skiing until May 11. Mt. Norquay will close as scheduled on April 21, and Sunshine Village, always the last of the Big 3 to close, will celebrate the season with the annual Slush Cup on May 19. Find Banff lodging >>>
Snowbird, Utah – This Utah resort’s ski season goes strong through May with daily lift operations running through May 11 and weekend skiing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Memorial Day (Monday included). Find Snowbird lodging >>>
Aspen, Colorado – We’re a bit partial to our backyard resort, and Aspen Mountain will stay open for two extra weekends of skiing through May 4. If you live in Colorado, treat yourself to a trip to the Roaring Fork Valley. You’ll score great lodging rates, epic slush bumps and a funky good time at Aspen’s notorious après ski. Find Aspen lodging >>>
Still can’t visualize what extended season in Aspen looks like? It includes a lot of spread eagles, retro ski sweaters and hair flips as seen in this video!
Mammoth Mountain, California – This resort is almost always California’s last to close, and, while their best snowfall didn’t start until early 2014 this year, Mammoth has a solid 75-inch base and has the potential to see big, late-season storms. Right now, closing day is scheduled for May 25, but if conditions are right, this resort is known to stay open into July. Judging from this video posted last week, conditions look pretty “right.”
Update: 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 when the first 300 people who sign up can test their skills on the Superstar Trail slalom course. Killington stays open as long as the snow lasts, which can be late May or even June. Stay tuned to see how their snowpack holds up! Find Killington lodging >>>
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