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North American skiing after Memorial Day?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

Besides Mammoth, which is closing June 12, where else in North America will be open for lift-served skiing after Memorial Day?

post #2 of 25

Mt Hood???

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post #4 of 25
A-basin will extend if there is still snow, although terrain will be severely limited. They usually add at least one weekend (open Fri-Sun) after official closing date of first Sunday in June.

For those who don't follow the local threads, this was yesterday.

post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
 

Mt Hood???


That reminds me that I came across the long range plan for Timberline in Oregon.  Includes the idea of a gondola from the town of Government Center nearby in order to solve the problem of road access and limited parking at the historic Timberline Lodge, which is mid-mountain.

 

http://www.timberlinelodge.com/wp-content/uploads/Tline-Next-50Yrs.pdf

 

Turns out that a really unusual form of off-road transportation was used during the 1950s.  It was called the Sky Bus.

 

 

"According to the 1950 November edition of Popular Mechanics (which you can also read online), the sky bus was powered by two 185 horsepower engines taking passengers from 3,800 feet all the way up to 6,000 feet, completing the more than 3 mile journey above tree level in less than 10 minutes supported by 38 steel towers up to 72 feet tall."

http://www.oregonlive.com/commuting/index.ssf/2013/12/remembering_mt_hoods_twin-engi.html

post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by NayBreak View Post

A-basin will extend if there is still snow, although terrain will be severely limited. They usually add at least one weekend (open Fri-Sun) after official closing date of first Sunday in June.

For those who don't follow the local threads, this was yesterday.


Thanks for the pic!  Has A-Basin ever stayed open into July?

post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post


Thanks for the pic!  Has A-Basin ever stayed open into July?

Yes, but it is rare because the continental climate hits a permanent shift from the colder than the coastal climates to much warmer. They made it to Aug 10th one year, 1995 IIRC.

The Grizzly Peak Snotel is at 11,000 feet across the valley from A-Basin, so just below mid-mountain. While it is not a perfect representation of A-Basin's north facing front side, it does show how close we are to the inevitable drastic slide where they can lose 4" in a day. They made it to first week of July in the huge 2011 year.



To give an idea, here is May 22nd last year...



And here is closing day on June 14th...



I thought they could have eeked out another weekend, especially since base and upper mountain conditions were roughly the same given how the snow fell, but they called it (can lose 2' of base and it's a lot of terrain to keep managed even one run top to bottom).







^^^Lake Reveal nowhere in sight yet this year...

My current bet is that A-basin closes on the 12th, but if it stays snow showery and people keep coming, the 19th is possible. And if it gets really hot, the 5th is possible, but that seems a little unlikely to me only three weeks out from this...


Edited by NayBreak - 5/18/16 at 6:53am
post #8 of 25
Thread Starter 

Never realized that the summer season at Timberline/Mt. Hood relies on a lift on a glacier that doesn't run during the winter season.

 

Why Isn’t Palmer Chairlift Open in the Winter?

http://www.timberlinelodge.com/blog/palmer-chairlift/

post #9 of 25

Crystal Mountain says they'll open Green Valley Express on weekends starting Memorial Day weekend if there's enough snow.

 

Most years it would be a slam dunk.  They've operated into July before.  But this year the melt has been rapid and early, so I'm not optimistic.

 

I'm especially sad because Grubstake, under the chair, is a really good pitch.

 

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post #10 of 25

Beartooth Pass will begin the season on Memorial Day weekend.

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Beartooth Pass will begin the season on Memorial Day weekend.

I think you mean beartooth basin
They won't run this season

post #12 of 25
Thread Starter 

I like the description of Beartooth Basin on their website.  Too bad they don't have enough snow to open the lifts.

 

"The ski area is staffed with professional ski patrol and and lift attendants just as any other ski area, but with a summer like setting above 10,000 feet that can sometimes turn to winter at a moments notice. Please note, there is no lodge or warming hut facilities. You could call it backcountry skiing with a lift."

post #13 of 25

According to Liftopia, there are a total of ten North American ski areas open this year into late May with some of them going beyond. I think the only one missing from this thread is Whistler which will re-open in June and run into July. "Whistler has extended its already long season by a week and will be closing on the last weekend of May. It will then only be closed for 10 days before re-opening for five weeks of glacier summer skiing and boarding." See also http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/mountain-info/snow-report#hours-of-operation which says Blackcomb Glacier Ski/Ride opens June 11 and closes July 17. Liftopia also has an article on 7 glaciers where you can ski during our summer although 5 of them are in Europe.

post #14 of 25

Isn't Mt Bachelor open into the summer? Been a long time since working ski camps there

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Isn't Mt Bachelor open into the summer? Been a long time since working ski camps there
They tend to open for ski camps only to the dismay of many

They did reopen for the 4th of July during the 11/12 season
post #16 of 25

Now that you say that I do remember that I didn't need a ticket so it was probably closed to the public. It's a shame as the dawn runs on fresh corduroy before picking up a quiver of gates were quite a blast

post #17 of 25

Whitefish just had 24" plus over the weekend - have to hike for it though...

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Whitefish just had 24" plus over the weekend - have to hike for it though...
It's pretty bad when I'm learning what's going on up the hill from me from a guy in Florida... The weather has been miserable at the house for days now. Didn't consider the idea it was snowing up there. I suspect you'd have to hike up, then hike most of the way down.
post #19 of 25

If I lived in Whitefish I could strap my skis to my bike and pedal up to the snowline, skin the rest of the way up and get a few turns. Or I could go swimming behind the house here in FL which sounds a bit more sensible.

 

Still, 30 inches of new snow on May 23 must be keeping someone up there happy!

post #20 of 25
Still going strong here...

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Originally Posted by Fuller View Post

If I lived in Whitefish I could strap my skis to my bike and pedal up to the snowline, skin the rest of the way up and get a few turns. Or I could go swimming behind the house here in FL which sounds a bit more sensible.

Still, 30 inches of new snow on May 23 must be keeping someone up there happy!

It's been pouring steadily and there's flooding all over. I'm sure that three feet is just water in a pile. Go swimming, stay away from the sharks.
post #22 of 25

 

North Summit cam at Whitefish - I see a snowboard track in the background! I think they got something like 30 inches.

post #23 of 25
But, take a look at the snowline in the lake webcam. Basically, you get to ski deep slush down the Anthill.
post #24 of 25
A-Basin is winding down rapidly in the current heat wave. Good skiing yesterday, though.



June 14th 2015 (closing day)



June 5th 2016

post #25 of 25
Mammoth mountain will attempt to run until July 4th and @Tony Crocker is sure to have some insight into what you can expect
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