Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah has announced it aims to stay open for skiing and riding on weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) for another month through to June 20, conditions and weather permitting.
The extension would mark 199 days of skiing and riding for the 2009/10 season, two days short of Snowbird’s record 2004/05 season when the resort stayed open for 201 days until July 4. As of May 20, Snowbird’s mid-mountain base stands at 117 inches with forecasts calling for flurries throughout the weekend.
It’s the third year in a row that Snowbird has surpassed its annual average in snowfall.
Other US resorts still open include Mammoth Mountain in California which has announced it will aim to stay open to July 4, and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, which plans to stay open in to June. Timberline Mountain in Oregon is open year round except for a few weeks maintenance closure each September.
North of the border only Whistler Blackcomb’s glacier skiing is now open in Canada following Sunshine ski area near Banff’s closure at the weekend.