Some welcome the shoulder/spring ski season with enthusiasm, while others are bitter about the marginal weather conditions and are ready to move on to summer activities. Regardless of your attitude, winter is here to stay in Utah, along with other areas in the Rockies and Northwest.
Snowbird Ski Resort is shooting for a record-breaking 202 day ski season, making the 2010-2011 season the longest in the resort’s history. There is still plenty of snow in Little Cottonwood Canyon to sustain late-season skiing, so this year skiers will be able to enjoy some sun and skiing on the 4th of July. This will be only the third time Snowbird has stayed open through Independence Day—the first milestone took place in 1995, and again 2005.
For the first time ever Snowbasin Resort will re-open for weekends beginning June 11th, and will remain open as long as the snow will allow.
Many resorts in Northern California, along with Snowbird, Timberline and Whistler will have lifts spinning on the fourth of July. A-basin, Crystal Mountain, and Aspen are also remaining open into June and possibly July.
Thanks to South America’s close proximity and location in the Southern Hemisphere, there are increasingly more heli skiing options during the off-season. If you want to experience heli skiing in Chile this summer, Pure Powder is offering a number of trips. Powderbird is potentially putting together a South American heli skiing trip this August. Contact us if you are interested in heli skiing this summer.