The days may be getting longer and the weather warmer, but the snow has not melted yet so… take your skis and snowboards out for a ride. When most people switch to spring and summer activities and rush toward the seaside, stay up and cool with sunny blue sky, fun activities, concerts and crowded free slopes as long the the resorts have snow.
Here is a selection of recommended spring and summer resorts in North America. Note that only the first three resorts on this list usually have sufficient conditions for summer skiing; all other resorts are open until the spring, or early summer if conditions are met:
Timberline Lodge, Oregon, USA:
Timberline Lodge runs the longest season in North America. Open daily between late May and early September, from 07:00 to 13:30, it is primarily used for race camps but always includes areas for public use.
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Amazing experience to be on the Horstman Glacier with its terrain park features, mogul fields and groomed slopes, and it views of the entire Whistler Valley. Open in June and July from noon to 15:00.
Mammoth Mountain, California, USA
Located on the edge of the Sierra Nevada range near Yosemite National Park, it is around five hours by car from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Open through Memorial Day on May 27 and later if snow conditions allow, the resort offers challenging slopes and terrain parks, and a variety of snowboarding half-pipes.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Colorado, USA
Arapahoe Basin has the highest ski terrain in North America summiting at 3978 meters (13,050 feet). Located just over an hour from Denver, it usually stays open through early to mid June and continues to operate as snow conditions allow. Arapahoe is also home to Colorado’s longest and steepest trail, Pallavicini.
Alyeska Resort, Alaska, USA
Alyeska Resort is located under an hour drive from Anchorage and is the biggest ski area in Alaska and sits near three national parks and Kenai Peninsula. It is usually open until late May but the warm weather and longer daylight hours in Alaska – also allowing for longer skiing during the day – dictates the season.
Snowbird & Alta, Utah, USA
Snowbird and Alta usually offered skiing and snowboarding until the end of June, early July. Located in the Wasatch National Forest, it is less than an hour ride from Salt Lake City airport.
Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, Oregon, USA
Mt. Bachelor is known to be open until the end of May, and sometimes longer if conditions allow. The resort is known for its terrain parks, jumps and rails, and for a number of other activities available during the winter, like snowshoeing, dog-sledding, and snow-tubing.