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Some areas in Colorado saw up to half a metre. A handful of ski resorts remain open in the USA and are extending their skiing. UPDATED



The National Weather Service reported 50cm of snow in the mountains near Denver in Colorado.

Here is the scene from some traffic cameras.

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And here is the first weekend of summer in the ski resort of Breckenridge.

Breckenridge, ColoradoBreckenridge, Colorado

It has closed for the season but the nearby resort of Arapahoe Basin remains open for weekend skiing and will be open this coming weekend and possibly into July.

We reported news of the extension lower down this article.

One of our regular readers and a great friend of PlanetSKI is the ex GB racer Martin Bell who lives in the USA.

He has just posted a picture on Facebook of his visit to A-Basin on Saturday 22nd June.

Martin Bell still skiing into JuneMartin Bell still skiing into June




















The resort of Steamboat also saw 50cm of summer snow.

Timberline Lodge in Oregon also remains open for skiing.

Here was the picture last week.

Timberline Lodge, OregonTimberline Lodge, Oregon

And up in Montana there was enough snow to build a snowman at the Mount Washburn fire look out station.

Montana, USAMontana, USA


A-Basin has announced will be open next weekend: Friday June 28th to Sunday June 30th.

The lifts will be open from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm and will give access only to intermediate runs.

The same times and terrain as this weekend.

Whether A-Basin will stay open into July has yet to be decided but discussions are taking place.

The last time A-Basin was open on July 4 was 2011.

In 1995, the ski area stayed open until August 10th.

Regular readers will know we have been following the never-ending season on PlanetSKI in this updated blog that has been rolling since the main resorts closed back in April/May...


Aspen closed at the weekend.

And then promptly announced it was re-opening this coming weekend.

It will have another two additional days of skiing as part of summer operations over the Food & Wine Classic this weekend, June 15th - 16th.

It means this winter Aspen will have had 168 days of skiing - one of the longest in its history.

There will be 100 acres open on a 76cm base.

That's down from a base of over 1.2m a few weeks ago.

"We love that we can celebrate this historic season of snowfall with both skiing and summer activities in Aspen," said the senior vice president of mountain operations, Katie Ertl.

"This is the perfect time of year to get outside, and get in two or even three sports in a day, with skiing, biking, hiking, golfing and more."

It may be summer in the valley but there's still a bit of snow in the mountains:

Aspen, ColoradoAspen, Colorado
















The lifts finally closed in Breckenridge at the weekend - 206 days after they started rolling back on November 7th.

It was a bluebird day with top to bottom skiing on offer.

It was icy in the morning and slushy as the day progressed.

But many turned out for the occasion, including one of the resort's founders Trygve Berge.

The resort had 11.6m of snow across the winter.

It's the resort's second biggest snowfall since records began 30 years.

The snowiest was 2010-11's when the resort saw 13.2m of snow.

Proceedings were brought to a close with a party atmosphere.

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So, where else remains open in the USA?

  • A-Basin will have weekend skiing from Friday-Sunday through to at least June 23.
  • Mammoth Mountain in California remains open daily until August and weather permitting.
  • Squaw Valley in California will continue its operations on Fridays and Saturdays until July 7th.
  • Timberline Resort in Oregon is open 7 days a week.


This weekend three resorts in Colorado will have skiers and riders taking to the slopes.

Due to the remaining snowpack from an immense snow year, a handful of ski resorts just keep on extending.

This weekend some slopes will be open at Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge and Aspen.

Arapahoe Basin will be open this weekend, next weekend and then the following one.

The scheduled closing date for A-Basin is the weekend of June 21st - 23rd.

The Spring snow base is recorded to be 1.75m - a huge depth for skiing in post-season.

A Basin this weekend has riding and musicA Basin this weekend has riding and music















Aspen will fire up the lifts for a little extra time this weekend too.

We'll be keeping an eye as they post the celebrations over the weekend.

Aspen has had a bumper winter after all the snow.

It beat a 21-year-old record for skier and snowboarder visits with 1.55m visits.

Colorado ski resorts cumulatively reached a projected 13.8 million visits, breaking the record set in 2015-16, according to Colorado Ski Country USA.

"The 2018-19 season was one for the history books," Colorado Ski Country USA President and CEO Melanie Mills said in a statement.

"Not only did the industry set a new statewide record for skier visits, but there were substantial investments in capital improvements across our member resorts and snowfall was plentiful across the entire state."

Numbers at Aspen-Snowmass also were buoyed this year by use of the Ikon Pass offered by Alterra Mountain Co.

The full Ikon Pass included as many as seven days collectively at Aspen's four resorts.

Colorado Ski Country is a state trade group with 23 members.

Vail Resorts, that runs Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado, doesn't belong to the group.

Breckenridge is the third Colorado resort still skiing, though this weekend will be its last.

Breck has had 11.6m of snowfall this winter.

No wonder it's still riding.

Check out these resorts and more about the massive ski state of Colorado here:

Further west, Mammoth Mountain is going until August.

I know we keep publishing this but still can't quite register: Mammoth has had more than 18 metres of snow this winter.

And fellow Californian resort, Squaw Valley, will ski until 7th July on weekends:
















Check out this guys skiing in 2 foot of fresh powder - that fell in 24 hours earlier this week in Snoqualmie in Washington state.


It's official.

Aspen Mountain WILL open for a second June weekend.

"We may as well keep on keepin' on, right?" the resort said on social media on Monday.

"Aspen Mountain will operate for ANOTHER weekend of skiing (and Summer) next weekend."

"Ajax Express will operate from 9-1 on Saturday and Sunday as conditions permit."

Before opening last weekend, the resort published images of how the top of the mountain looked at this time last year and now:

Could the Colorado resort continue even after this coming weekend?

It's not impossible, according to Aspen SkiCo, but with high daytime temperatures, it's a case of wait and see.

The remaining snow has prompted one Utah resort to lay on a bit of freestyle fun this weekend.

Brighton Resort is holding a rail jam on 15th June.

There'll be no lifts and, therefore, no downhill skiing but the keenest shredders will no doubt be out.

Also in Utah, Solitude Mountain Resort has been forced to delay the start of its summer season by a week.

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"We are pushing summer opening day from June 14 to June 21 because as you all know - it's been a very wet spring and we need a bit more time to let the snow melt," the resort says.

"We expect to have dry trails for lift-served mountain biking, disc golf, and hiking under way by June 21 - the first day of summer! See you soon!"

Last weekend Killington in Vermont on the east coast closed.
It was open for skiing and snowboarding for 211 days in the season.
The last time Killington offered lift serviced skiing in June was 2017 and in 2002 prior to that.
So, where else is open?
  • A-Basin will have weekend skiing from Friday-Sunday through to at least June 23.
  • Breckenridge is open this weekend.
  • Mammoth Mountain in California remains open daily until August and weather permitting.
  • Squaw Valley in California will continue its operations on Fridays and Saturdays until July 7th.
  • Timberline Resort in Oregon is open 7 days a week.


Aspen has confirmed that it will ski into June:

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado has announced it will extend its season, AGAIN.

The resort will be open daily through June 2nd, with weekend operations June 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23.

It's all thanks to a very wintry May.

10cm has fallen in the past 48 hours.

Upper snow depths show around 2 metres, and it wasn't all that long ago that 30cm fell during a snowstorm.

The resort stated that they'll be open for "at least" three more long weekends after June 2nd.

Arapahoe BasinArapahoe Basin















At Mammoth Mountain in California, news is even more impressive.

The resort is open daily until August.

Season Snowfall at summit: 18 metres

Current Base Depth: 2-4 metres
May Snowfall Total: 80cm

Mammoth MountainMammoth Mountain on 28th May















Breckenridge in Colorado has announced its opening date for Winter 19/20.

8th November.

The resort has shifted to a weekend schedule, with skiing and riding on Saturdays and Sundays June 1-2 and June 8-9.

Summer operations are due to start on 14th June.

The late-season skiing has benefited from 11.5m of snowfall this year, leading the resort to extend its ski season from mid-April into June.

Over on the East Coast, Killington has had the longest season.

It will be closing on June 2nd.

















Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is the unofficial start to summer in the USA.

13 states, mainly in the western USA, received more snowfall in the week leading up to Memorial Day and around a dozen ski resorts were either still open or fired up their lifts specially for the weekend.

Some have extended their season into June or July and one into August.

Crystal Mountain in the state of Washington is the latest resort to reopen - the first time it has been open at the end of May since 2011.

Mammoth Mountain in California has just announced it will be open into August, something that has only happened twice before.

It has received 74cm of snow so far this month, a record for May.

It had said it would be open until July 4th.

This past winter it has had 18m of snow at the top of the resort and 12m at the base.

There remains almost 4m at the top and 2.2 at the bottom of the resort.

And if you don't believe it, have a look at this GoPro footage from Jeremy Page and posted by Mammoth Mountain on Memorial day:

Mammoth Mountain is the highest ski resort in California and is part of the Ikon Pass.

Mammoth Mountain in MayMammoth Mountain in May













Also in California, Heavenly Ski resort was open for Memorial Day before closing for the season.

Heavenly, CalifHeavenly, California, Memorial Day weekend


















In Colorado four resorts were open at weekend: Aspen, Purgatory, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin.

Aspen Mountain re-opened for Memorial Day weekend with the lifts starting at 10am on Saturday.

This ski area said it would have 130 acres of terrain open for skiers to access by Ajax Express chairlift.

And that's not all.

The resort has announced there will be another bonus weekend for skiers.

It's opening for the first weekend in June too.

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The resort of Purgatory in the south west of the state re-opened on Saturday and Sunday.

Earlier in the week it had a further 20cm of snow and clear skies were forecast for the weekend.

The resort closed for skiing May 4th.

Purgatory Ski Resort, ColoradoPurgatory Ski Resort, Colorado
















Purgatory Ski Resort, ColoradoPurgatory Ski Resort, Colorado
















Breckenridge Ski Resort says nearly half of its terrain was open and it will be open to June, weather permitting.

The resort has not been open to the end of May since the mid-1990s.

"It has been one of the best winter seasons I can remember during my more than 25-year career, and we are thrilled to keep it going for our guests and passholders," said John Buhler, vice president and chief operating officer at Breckenridge Ski Resort, in a statement.

Breckenridge, ColoradoBreckenridge, Colorado


















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It claims a depth of 1.5m at the base.

It has seen fresh snow on the slopes and in town.

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And it announced at the weekend that it will extend its season until June 9th.

"We're taking the best season ever and extending a little longer," it said in a statement.

"The resort will remain open daily through Memorial Day, May 27th as planned, and then will shift to a weekend schedule, offering skiing and riding Friday through Sunday May 31st-June 2nd and June 7th-9th, weather and conditions permitting."

"This season, we've received almost 11.5m of snow and conditions are so good, we'll be skiing into June."

Arapahoe Basin was also open and continues into June.

On Friday it announced that it will continue to offer skiing through to the weekend of June 14th -16th.

"With more snow in the forecasts we could go even longer," A-Basin said on social media.

A-Basin is open each day of the week through the ski area's originally-planned closing date of June 2nd.

The ski area will then remain open for weekends-only on Friday, June 7th through Sunday, June 9th and Friday, June 14th through Sunday, June 16th.

Last week in A-Basin a snowboarder was rescued after getting caught in a small avalanche in the backcountry off of the Montezuma Bowl.

He escaped without serious injury.

Araphaoe Basin this weekArapahoe Basin in the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend




















Arapahoe Basin this weekendArapahoe Basin at the weekend
















The National Ski Areas Association says the USA had 59 million skier visits nationally this season - the fourth largest number as we reported earlier:

In Vermont on the east coast Killington re-opened for the weekend.

It had a 20cm fall earlier in the week and looks like it could continue into June.

It was open from Friday 24th through to Monday 27th, which means the resort has had 209 days of skiing this season... so far.

"Next weekend, we plan to return with more skiing and riding," the resort announced on 27th May.

"The hope is that the warm and rainy mid-week weather doesn't damage the snow cover so much that we can't operate.

"Given current conditions, we're optimistic, but as the week progresses we'll update skiers and riders with the operating schedule."

Killington, VermontKillington, Vermont, Memorial Day weekend
















The resort offered free skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and golfing to all active duty, retired and honorably discharged members of the U.S. Military for Memorial Day on Monday, May 27th.

One of our readers, Michael Thomas, has also told us of other resorts open.

"Snowbird Utah, & Squaw Valley California are open as well.  Also Timberline Oregon I believe," said Michael.

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"We will be open Friday- Monday this weekend! And the tram will be back up and running Saturday- Monday," said a statement ahead of Memorial Day weekend from Snowbird.

Meanwhile snow fell and the lifts were turning in Squaw Valley:

Squaw Valley will remain open to skiers and snowboarders until 7th July.

"The mountains received record amounts of snow this winter season so powder fans can continue to ride the mountains all whilst soaking up California's famous sunshine," said a statement from the resort.

Squaw ValleySquaw Valley, California, 25th May - photo Ben Arnst














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