Top 10 Western Spring Skiing Ski Resorts
Last Updated on Friday, 6 April 2012 10:27
Written by skipro
Saturday, 7 April 2012 09:00
Anyone up for a little late season skiing? It may officially be spring, but that’s no reason to stop a little winter sport madness. There is still time to get up on the slopes, whether you ski or ride. The snow is still good and the crowds are go on.
So go ahead, take a peek at Luxury Ski Trip’s picks for the Top 10 Western Spring Skiing Resorts.
Mammoth receives plentiful snow all winter, and come spring, things soften up and the crowds disappear. Open until July 4th some years.
Snowbird gets so much snow, over 500-inches a season, affording them long lasting conditions, often well into May, and great lodging deals at the luxurious Cliff Lodge.
Alta’s copious amounts of snow and high elevation afford it fabulous April skiing. They generally close about April 20th with 100% of their terrain open. Lodging at the High Rustler can be a deal on the shoulder seasons.
High elevation at the Colorado ski resort, and great tailgate parties, make this an annual spring rite of passage. The Palivaccini is a spring ski must. Often open well into June.
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Whistler and Blackcomb are high elevation, and the ski scene keeps rolling here through April with festivals and plenty of skiing and riding, particularly on the Blackcomb glacier.
Loveland is often the first to open in the country, and with it high elevation open into May. Classic above tree-line setting in Colorado.
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows
Lake Tahoe’s Squaw and Alpine Meadows generally stays open til mid-May. You have California sunshine, Lake views and tons of terrain. Season may be longer or shorter based upon snow accumulation in Lake Tahoe for the season.
Timberline Mount Hood, Oregon
The US Ski Team trains here in June and July, so there’s plenty of snow on this gorgeous glacier a summer ski fix. Lodging at the Timberline Lodge is ultra convenient and historical. Winter season goes until Memorial Day Weekend.
Mount Hood Meadows, Oregon
This Northern Flank of Mt Hood protects its snow well and is generally open til Mid-May.
Mt Bachelor, Oregon
Bachelor’s elevation and above tree line skiing affords good late season skiing in Oregon. generally into mid-May.
Sunshine snow years can vary so Ski Sunshine at Banff can remain open until mid-may some years and close the third week in April others. The gondola whisks you to the higher elevations of Sunshine Village and the Sunshine Mountain Lodge where the snow lasts on good snow years. And Banff is a beautiful ski town in any season.
Late Season Operations Note: Many of these resorts have full facility and winter operations (most lifts running, base lodges open until mid to late April). They will often stay open several weeks longer with limited lifts (maybe one summit lift) and limited base lodge operations. From Luxury Ski Trip.