You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.

Big snowpacks mean longer ski season


Highlights

Record snowfalls in California have allowed ski resorts to stay open longer this year.

Squaw Valley may stay open until July 4.

Big snows in February and March mean an extra-long ski season this year, and from California to Colorado, resorts are pushing back closing dates.

At Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in California, officials say the current snowpack should last until at least July 4, when Texans are typically floating rivers in bikinis and barbecuing on the back deck. The resorts get an annual average of 450 inches of snow, but by mid-February both had surpassed that, with season totals of nearly 500 inches.

Many of the Lake Tahoe area resorts in California are extending their seasons, too. Heavenly closes April 30, Northstar April 23 and Kirkwood April 16.

In Colorado, Arapahoe Basin expects to stay open until early June, and Loveland will operate until early May. Purgatory Resort, near Durango, Colo., will extend its season, too. The resort will operate daily until April 2, then every weekend through the end of April.

Other closing dates? April 2 for Wolf Creek, Buttermilk, Sunlight, Ski Granby Ranch and Telluride. Aspen Highlands, Crested Butte, Eldora and Silverton will close April 9. Steamboat, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Monarch, Snowmass and Beaver Creek will close April 16. Breckenridge, Vail and Winter Park will stay open until April 23.

In Utah, Park City will stay open until April 16, and Snowbird plans to extend its season, too.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Travel

As travel industry awaits slowdown, travelers pack bags — for now
As travel industry awaits slowdown, travelers pack bags — for now

The travel industry is voicing a common refrain: President Donald Trump’s travel ban, terror attacks in Europe and a laptop ban represent a recipe for a potential sharp decline in visitors to and from the United States.  “When you hear words like ‘travel ban,’ it puts a big chill” on travel and tourism, James J. Murren...
Where to eat and drink in Port Aransas
Where to eat and drink in Port Aransas

Trips to Port Aransas for me in the past used to mean stops in Lockhart for barbecue, maybe a classic Whataburger run in the chain’s home of Corpus Christi and then cooking and grilling at a rental property. OK, and beer. Lots of beer. But over the past couple of months I’ve realized there are more culinary offerings than one might expect...
Dive in and go down below
Dive in and go down below

School’s out, summer is here and the weather is steamy. Luckily, there are plenty of natural spots surrounding Austin to stay cool that don’t come with chlorine and crowds. From sublime swimming holes to constantly chilled caves, here are a dozen places to chill on scorching summer days courtesy of Mother Nature. The best part? They are...
July sizzles with family fun
July sizzles with family fun

July can be hot, but Texas doesn’t let triple-digits stand in the way of fun. From spectacular July Fourth celebrations to fruit-focused festivals, here are a dozen not-to-miss happenings in the Lone Star State worthy of a road trip. Shiner June 30-July 1: This historic, beer-loving town’s annual Half Moon Holidays is upon us. Highlights...
Tuscany for beginners
Tuscany for beginners

Wedged between Florence and Rome, rural Tuscany offers the quintessential Italian experience: sun-soaked hill towns, green and rolling screen-saver hills, romantically fortified farms and cypress trees marching single file up lonely ridges. We go to Italy to experience the finesse of Florence, the splish-splash of Venice and the grandeur of Rome, but...
More Stories