May is an interesting month for snow enthusiasts.
Most of the major resorts have closed for the season, and summer camp shredding has yet to begin, but many are still itching for a couple more turns.
Fortunately, the 2010-2011 season was blessed with record snowfall and several prime resorts have been able to extend their spring seasons.
So instead of dreaming about getting some- get out there and get it!
These are our top 5 picks for spring shredding in North America.
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado
Current Lift Ticket Price: $59
Closing Date: Mid-June or Early July
A.Basin is located at the base of the Continental Divide on Loveland Pass in Colorado. Its summit sits at whopping 13,500 ft making it one of the highest destinations on our list. This location and subsequent elevation create favorable conditions that last well into the spring and summer months. Known for it’s steep terrain and numerous chutes, A.Basin is the perfect destination to get those late season lines.
A.Bay is also popular spot because of their “Beach.” This is series of parking spots that back up to three lower mountain chairlifts creating optimal space for tailgate parties and sunny celebrations.
Whether you’re going after hardcore hikes or are looking to kick back with a beer- A.Basin is the spot to get your springtime shred on in Colorado.
Get on over to A.Bay’s site for more info.
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon
Current Lift Tickets: $50
Closing Day: May 29th
Mt. Bachelor is a gem located in Oregon’s Central Cascades, approximately an hour away from Portland. It’s known for its light, dry snow, and diverse terrain. With over 2,000 acres and nearly 30 groomed runs currently open, Bachelor provides epic terrain for springtime slashing.
Bachelor Park’s P1-P5, slopestyle course and superpipe are also open for your shredding delights. Throughout the month of May, flash your season pass at numerous restaurants and bars in Bend and receive deep discounts for your patronage.
If pros are your thing, get on up to Mt Bachelor for SNOWBOARDER Mag’s Superpark event going down next week. It’ll be the definition of epic.
Squaw Valley, California
Current Lift Ticket Price: $59
Closing date: May 30
Squaw Valley, located in the Sierras of Lake Tahoe in California, is known internationally for hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics, and is known locally for the epic champagne powder that piles up all season.
If you didn’t get a chance to tap into the goods earlier this year, you have until May 30th to get after it at this Tahoe-based shred spot.
The resort will be fully open until May 8th, at which point the superpipe will close, but the remainder of the mountain will be open Friday-Sunday through May 30th. Load up your shred-sticks and swimsuits and get ready for super spring shredding at Squaw.
Mammoth Mountain, California
Current Lift Ticket Price: $72
Closing date: TBD
Mammoth Mountain is the premier spot for spring-time fun in the sun. Currently, three parks and nine lifts are turning and the mountain plans to keep most of the terrain up and running for as long as possible this summer season. Many events planned on and off the snow are sure to satisfy all your shred desires, so make plans to get to Mammoth soon. You don’t want to miss the West Coast Invitational on May 6th-8th, or the Frendly Gathering June 2nd-6th.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was just at Mammoth, so you know it’s got to be good.
Closing Day: May 30
The notorious Whistler/Blackcomb resort sits a mere 70 miles from the bustling streets of downtown Vancouver. Home to the 2010 Winter Olympics and countless world class ski events, Whistler is the ultimate Canadian shred destination. Spring is a perfect time to check out this renowned resort that has insane terrain and an even crazier nightlife.
Blackcomb recently announced it will stay open until May 30th, so you still have time to get your shred on in our neighbor to the north. Several parks remain open and rumor has it there’s plenty of pow to be found.