North American resorts extend season

6th April 2010, by Chris Gill

Plenty of powder to close out the season

Plenty of powder to close out the season

Just as the season is about to end, many resorts in the US and Canada are experiencing some of their best snowfalls of this winter – such that some will keep their lifts running until the end of the month, while others will close cloaked in oddles of fresh powder.

The snow has been piling up in west coast regions during the past week or so, and storms have dumped decent falls inland in Utah and Colorado too.

In Canada, the famously un-snowy Olympic venue Cypress Mountain is now reporting lots of fresh powder – up to a metre fell in the latest storm. Now, they plan to keep going to make the most of it.  It is still snowing heavily in Whistler too, where the season continues to provide the third snowiest in the resort’s history. Current precipitation is even falling to valley level, which is pretty good for the time of year. The resort plays to stay open until 24 May.

In the US, Aspen Mountain will extend the season for two further weekends in April (11th and 24th), while Park City in Utah also expects to keep the lifts running a week or two longer. The Utah resort has received over half a metre fresh snow in the past seven days, yet nearby Deer Valley and The Canyons plan to close as scheduled next weekend. Mount Hood got off to a slow start this winter, but now reports a three metre snow base, with over a metre of snow falling this week; the resort also plans to extend its season to enjoy the late burst of winter.

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