No skier or snowboarder likes to talk about it out loud, but the end of the 2010-2011 season is upon all of us.
The season in the Mountain Southwest weathered a full-on La Nina effect. Snowfall pounded Utah right from the start, producing some of the best early-season conditions ever. The same climate phenomenon virtually starved the New Mexico and Arizona resorts until much later in the season.
Good snow conditions don't necessarily mean a resort will stay open longer than expected. Rocky Mountain skiers and ‘boarders tend to turn their attentions to spring and summer activities after the spring break holidays, so it often doesn't make economic sense to keep the lifts running for fewer customers.
All things must come to an end, so here are the projected closing dates for ski and snowboard resorts in Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona:
March 20 - Ski Apache
March 23 - Red River Ski Area
Memorial Day Weekend - Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
These dates would change only if warmer weather or rain came before closing. Officials from Alta, Arizona Snowbowl and Snowbird told OnTheSnow that they may stay open past their declared closing date, the if snowpack holds up.