It’s not over yet: Best spots for late season skiing and riding

Sun's out, but don't put those winter sticks away just yet. PHOTO: Reid.neureiter/Flickr
Sun’s out, but don’t put those winter sticks away just yet. Photo: Courtesy of Reid.neureiter/Flickr

Frisbees are flying and blossoms are out across much of the country, but for a select few of us ski and board obsessed, the winter season is far from calling it quits. El Nino did its best to keep us on our toes (including a dodging maneuver that left many East Coast skiers high and dry this season), but it seems to be fading out, leaving behind plenty of worthwhile skiing and riding.

If you’re not ready to hang up that winter gear just yet, here are a few resorts that are keeping the tips pointed downhill well into spring.

Snowbird Resort, Utah

PHOTO: Snowbird Photo/Flickr
Photo: Courtesy of Snowbird Photo/Flickr
Closing Day: May 30
Snowbird always manages to summon the magic in Little Cottonwood Canyon, staying open later than anyone else in Utah. This year is no exception as The Bird will keep things cooking all the way through May, shifting to weekend service (Friday through Sunday) on May 12 right on through closing day on May 30.

Crystal Mountain, Washington

PHOTO: Clappstar/Flickr
Photo: Courtesy of Clappstar/Flickr
Closing Day: June 24
Washington’s Crystal Mountain is a bit of an oddball in this race. Though they will close down for the season this weekend (April 17), the biggest resort in the state will re-open Memorial Day weekend and run through June 24, later than anyone else on our list. Fine by us, that’s enough time to escape to the beach for a couple weekends and still carve soft turns well into the summer.

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

PHOTO: Roaming-the-planter/Flickr
Photo: Courtesy of Roaming-the-planter/Flickr
Closing Day: May 30
Okay, let’s be real, with its glaciers and summer camp skiing, does Whistler Blackcomb ever really shut down? Well, the glaciers may stay open, but regular season operation winds down at Blackcomb Mountain on Memorial Day this year, just in time to pull out your summer whites.

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

PHOTO: Geoff Llerena/Flickr
Photo: Courtesy of Geoff Llerena/Flickr
Closing Day: June 5
Home to some of the best parking lot tailgating in skiing and snowboarding (aka The Beach), Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin is built around late spring skiing. With its tentative closing date around June 5 of this year, skiers and boarders still have plenty of time to get last licks in before the bullwheel shuts down for the season.

Savvy skiers and boarders should check out A-Basin’s Double Down Pass, which covers the rest of this year and all of next year for a pretty darn affordable $349 adult price tag (if purchased before June 5).

Sunday River, Maine

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Closing Day: May 1
The East Coast may have had a tough year, but that doesn’t mean the diehards are ready to hang ’em up just yet. Just ask Sunday River, the Maine resort that will keep lifts spinning until May 1. If your legs can last another three weeks there is even some wallet therapy at the end of this rainbow, as “The Riv” is offering free lift tickets to anyone looking to score a goggle tan on last day.

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