True to its reputation, March became the snowiest month across the West. In storm after storm, snow piled up at ski resorts. By the end of the month, a multitude of ski resorts accumulated snow depths far beyond last winter. Many topped 100 inches on the stakes, and three amassed more than 200 inches in their upper elevations.
Let’s Talk Deep
On the West Coast, three resorts eclipsed the 200-inch mark for snow depth by March 27. Oregon's Mt. Hood Meadows piled up 252 inches at mid-mountain. Washington’s Mt. Baker measured 215 inches of snow depth at Pan Dome. Baker’s total snowfall for the winter has exceeded 600 inches. At lower latitude in California, Mammoth Mountain reaped the benefits of an El Niño winter, burying the summit at 11,053 feet under a snowpack of 201 inches.
Across the West, snow deluged 52 resorts enough to make them hit or surpass 100 inches of snow depth. British Columbia boasts the biggest concentration in a state or province with 14 resorts at a 100-inch base. The remaining 38 resorts spread across the Western U.S. with 25 on the West Coast and 13 in the Rocky Mountains.
Who’s Got the Snow?
So where can you still ski on the deep snowpack? Try some of the following resorts. Most are scheduled to operate at least through the first or second weekend in April. Some will run lifts into May or summer.
Extend the Season
What does all this snow mean? When Whistler Blackcomb surpassed its average snowfall milestone in late March, resort managers announced an extension to the season. Other resorts, such as Colorado’s Winter Park and Nevada’s Mt. Rose, have followed suit. The deep snowpack and continued arrival of storm streams has prompted many ski areas to add more days onto their seasons.
To help you extend your ski season, the following list is a selection of resorts that plan to run lifts in late April, May and further into summer. For trip planning, look into purchasing spring season passes at those resorts with seasons that run into May.
• Arapahoe Basin: until early June
• Loveland: until early May
• Breckenridge: daily until April 24
• Aspen Mountain: daily until April 17
• Copper Mountain: daily until April 17
• Winter Park: daily through April 24, then running Mary Jane until May 7
• Snowbird: until May 30
• Alta: daily through April 17, weekend of April 22-24
• Brighton: until April 17
• Solitude: until April 17
• Mammoth: no closing date set yet, but most likely will operate through May or possibly into June
• Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows: no closing date set yet, but plans to run into May and offer the longest ski season in Tahoe
• Heavenly: daily through April 17
• Northstar: daily through April 17
• Mt. Rose: daily through April 24, Thursday-Sunday until May 8
• Timberline Lodge: transitions operations in late spring to the Palmer snowfields, with 2 upper lifts operating into summer
• Mt. Hood Meadows: daily through April 17, Friday-Sunday until May 1, then May 7-8 & May 14
• Mt. Bachelor: daily until April 18, shorter hours until May 29
• Big Sky: daily through April 17
• Grand Targhee: daily through April 17
• Crystal Mountain: daily through April 17. Re-opens for skiing in Green Valley on weekends May 28 into July
• White Pass: daily through April 17, then weekends April 23-24 & April 30-May 1
• Stevens Pass: daily through April 10, then weekends April 15-17 & April 23-24.
• Sun Valley, daily through April 17
• Brundage Mountain: daily through April 10, weekends April 16 - 17 & April 23 - 24.
• Bogus Basin: weekends April 9-10 & 16-17
• Whistler Blackcomb: Whistler Mountain daily through April 17, Blackcomb Mountain daily through May 30
• Lake Louise: daily through May 8
• Sunshine Village: daily through May 22