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.
Extended Season Announcements:
- Breckenridge will remain have two bonus weekends June 1-2 & 8-9
- Heavenly Mountain Resort plans to extend the season through May 27
- Squaw/Alpine is estimated to stay open until late May
- Winter Park will remain open until May 12
- Arapahoe Basin will remain open until June 2
- Aspen Snowmass will remain open for a bonus weekend June 15 & 16
- Squaw Valley will be open Fri-Sun from May 31-June 30 + July 3-7
- Mammoth Mountain will be open daily through August.
Whistler, British Columbia
Balckcomb shuts down on April 22, but Whistler Mountain has extended its spring ski season to May 27. 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 Bluffs at Taluswood located mountainside along the southern slopes of Whistler Mountain.
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 5, 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 will offer daily skiing until May 5. 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 91st Annual Slush Cup on May 20.
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 27th, and weekend skiing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays likely—once again—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. With over 718″ feet of snow at the summit this season, Mammoth Mountain will be open daily through August.
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.
With record breaking snowfall this year Squaw Valley will be hosting their annual Cushing Crossing closing party on May 4.
Where to stay: Provdiing ski-in ski-out access, Resort at Squaw Creek was one of Conde Nast’s finalist for “Best Mountain Hotel/Resort” in 2016.
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.