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Mountain collective pass: What resorts are left skiable in early May?

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Subject correction: I meant during early May! [Mod Note : Adjusted thread title]

 

I am contemplating another ski travel in early May. Australia and New Zealand are out of the picture because the flights will be too expensive. Looking possibly to go to Mammoth Mountain because they have a lot of snow and are going to be open for long. (Flights to a remote airport are expensive though.)

 

Is Canada a good choice... so many resorts there. It appears they will be open in May too. Which one of these is the closest to a major airport, so the flight is possibly cheaper? And are they having good snow in May... or getting kind of slushy?

 

Ski Banff/Lake Louise/Sunshine (Alberta, Canada)

Revelstoke (British Columbia)

Whistler Blackcomb (British Columbia, Canada)

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Subject correction: I meant during early May! [Mod Note : Adjusted thread title]

 

I am contemplating another ski travel in early May. Australia and New Zealand are out of the picture because the flights will be too expensive. Looking possibly to go to Mammoth Mountain because they have a lot of snow and are going to be open for long. (Flights to a remote airport are expensive though.)

 

Is Canada a good choice... so many resorts there. It appears they will be open in May too. Which one of these is the closest to a major airport, so the flight is possibly cheaper? And are they having good snow in May... or getting kind of slushy?

 

Ski Banff/Lake Louise/Sunshine (Alberta, Canada)

Revelstoke (British Columbia)

Whistler Blackcomb (British Columbia, Canada)

 

The best place is likely to be Mammoth in California. It's typically the best for long term snow preservation. Revelstoke might be closed already I think. Whistler and LL/SS might be good too - though Whistler itself will be closed with only Blackcomb open (which is still large). Squaw Valley will be open too, but at lower elevation would be more hit or miss (as would the bottom of Blackcomb, but it's very tall). And Snowbird will be open and likely to be good.

 

What kind of terrain are you looking for? What level skier are you?

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I ski blue groomers. Never skied Mammoth, nor Canada. Just came back from Alta and Snowbird. Kind of getting too slushy though. The slushyness wasn't actually that bad on the top where it was steep, as long as there wasn't ice underneath. It felt like water skiing. But the slushyness was pretty bad at the lift stations particularly at the base. Well, what else did I expect? it is summer already and I expect it to be like January? Maybe Mammoth will be a little bit better, but have to figure out first if I can get a good flight, or give it up altogether for the season.

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Revelstoke is still skiable, but you'll have to earn your turns since the lifts are closed :)

 

I love the Canadian Rockies in the spring. Even if the skiing isn't that great, the views are worth it. Sunshine, as the name indicates, is a great place to be on a sunny day when cruising around on corn and slush is the goal. It should be open until late in the Month. Lake Louise is where I'd go to ski steeps, and it's open until May 7.

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Mammoth is the go. Australia/NZ will have no snow and even in mid winter spring conditions at Mammoth would be preferable in my opinion.
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Fly into Reno via Southwest.    Ski Squawpine and/or Mammoth.

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Yes, thanks. It looks like it will be Mammoth.

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Quote =James521:
I ski blue groomers.

Then Mammoth is the slam dunk choice because it salts the groomers to retard the onset of slushiness.  And if it's extra warm the they take another pass with the salt mid-morning. 

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