Late-season diehards know that they can get their fix on the slopes [R404R, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort]. The resort up Little Cottonwood Canyon has become one of the latest hills in the Rocky Mountains to shut down its lifts, often reaching into late May.

Snowbird officials have pegged Memorial Day weekend as the final time to ski or ride its high alpine terrain, although observers believe that if the snow is there, Snowbird will stay open into June.

Management has deepened the discounts to attract as many visitors as possible right up to the end. A Spring Stay-and-Ski package runs through the month of April, offering $99 a night per person if the visitor stays three nights at the resort's lodging facilities.

The Cliff Lodge, with its newly renovated spa, has set nightly rates in April at $129. The Lodge at Snowbird deals efficiencies for $199 and up, while the Inn at Snowbird has rooms with kitchens and fireplaces for as low as $99 a night during April.

Snowbird enjoyed one of its best seasons ever in 2010, opening virtually all its terrain in early December and topping its average annual 500-inch snowfall by February. The resort is one of the few in Utah that owns lodging properties around the base of the mountain, permitting it to couple lift tickets and lodging as closely as possible.

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