Where to go skiing in spring (or summer)
The days may be getting longer and the weather warmer, but the snow hasn’t melted yet and there’s still plenty of time left to hit the slopes. Spring (and even summer) skiing and snowboarding is known for being more casual than the winter season, with concerts and costume parties. Why wouldn’t you celebrate a warm, sunny day in a bikini – in the snow?
Here are eight places in the U.S. where ski season will still be in effect:
Timberline Lodge, Oregon
Timberline Lodge, on the south side of Mt. Hood an hour-and-a-half east of Portland, has the longest ski season in North America. The slopes are open daily through Labor Day, Sept. 2, and then close for maintenance for two weeks in September. Besides those two weeks, Timberline is open year round.
During summer, though, there is no beginner or novice terrain and hours run from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. After mid-summer, the primary skiing is available via the Palmer chairlift, which carries guests beyond 8,000 feet. Because several camps and clinics reserve lanes in the summer, skiing can be crowded and space is limited for the public. The Timberline Lodge itself is a national historic landmark and was used in “The Shining.”
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, California
The popular Mammoth resort, located on the edge of the Sierra Nevada range near Yosemite National Park, will stay open through Memorial Day on May 27 and possibly later if snow conditions allow. (Snow cover is currently between five and 15 feet, with another six inches falling this past week.) The ski area has 28 lifts running regularly but will operate only 11 of those lifts after April 21. The open lifts will continue to provide access to top-to-bottom terrain until closure. Around a five-hour drive from either Los Angeles or San Francisco, Mammoth is well known for its long season, challenging terrain parks and variety of snowboarding halfpipes.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Colorado