South of the border there are four ski areas to choose from. Arapahoe Basin has reported another 8cm (3 inches) of snow fell last Friday with base depths staying over a metre ( 3.3 feet). Snowbird in Utah is open to mid-June after extending its season and has 91 inches (2.3m) of snow lying at mid-mountain. In California Mammoth Mountain is also open at least until mid-June and has two - four feet (60-120cm) of snow lying with slope access via Broadway Express 1, Face Lift Express 3 and Chair 23.
Timberline Lodge in Oregon kicked off its summer ski and snowboard season on Friday (22nd May), giving it the longest opening in the US. In the coming months, skiers and snowboarders from around the world will flock to the Palmer Snowfield, high on Mt. Hood's south slope.
After the first ski camp accessed the Palmer Snowfield via snowcat and surface lifts in the summer of 1956, the novelty of skiing in the summer started to become popular. Then, with the building of the original Palmer chairlift in 1978, the word quickly spread, and modern day American summer skiing was born. The Palmer chairlift was upgraded in 1996 to a state of the art high speed quad chairlift and the resort also offers expert grooming and innovative freestyle terrain features.