Three of Oregon’s ski areas surpassed their season averages in snowfall by the end of March, and the healthy snowpack means a sturdy spring ski season. Skiers and snowboarders can get in spring turns during April and May skiing at three Oregon resorts.

The Mt. Hood runs the longest ski season. The permanent Palmer Snowfield allows Timberline Lodge to operate long after the winter’s snowfall has melted. Spring skiing at Timberline runs daily until May 28. The above-average season of snowfall means that many of the lower mountain lifts can operate into spring, as long as conditions permit. Timberline also continues skiing into summer.

A spring pass valid any day at Timberline costs $110. Spring passholders can also get discounts on overnights at Timberline Lodge and summer lift tickets.

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Skiers enjoyed many powder days in March at Mt. Hood Meadows. Photo by Jay Carroll of JFoto. Courtesy of Mt. Hood Meadows.

Mt. Hood Meadows exceeded 500 inches of snowfall long before the end of March. The resort is scheduled to run lifts daily through April 29, but wintry conditions and the deep snowpack prompted resort officials to extend the season into May.

Plans call for operating only on weekends in May. The final day of the season is scheduled for May 20. Weekend operations in May could change, depending on snow conditions and skier visits. A spring pass costs $149.

The resort plans to give away a trip to Hawaii at its Sno-Kona Pond Skim competition April 28. Registration and rules are available here.

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The season at Mt. Bachelor ends with the North American Pond Skimming Championships. Photo courtesy of Mt. Bachelor Resort.

In March, Mt. Bachelor surpassed its annual snowfall and now pushes toward the 500-inch mark for the season. The resort will operate lifts daily through April 29 with hours shortening in the latter half of the month. In May, lifts will run Thursdays through Sundays. Closing day is May 27 with the North American Pond Skimming Championships.

Spring passes cost $159 for adults. Other rates are available for other age groups.