US resorts reopen

29th June 2011, by Chris Gill

Come on ... you must be joking, right? Nope, it's 29 June in Mammoth and snowing

Come on ... you must be joking, right? Nope, it's 29 June in Mammoth and snowing

They said they would … and several US resorts will be open for Independence Day skiing.

The bumper winter season has kept the snow pack in several Californian resorts sufficiently deep into July. Squaw Valley is expected to join Mammoth Mountain in celebrating the big US holiday with snow sports alongside summer activities. At Squaw, much of the mountain will be open and they are even planning to reopen some hike-to terrain along Headwall, Emigrant and Cornice II – pretty amazing for the time of year.

Three other Tahoe resorts will also reopen: Kirkwood, Alpine Meadows and Sugar Bowl – where it has snowed in the past few days, as it has in Mammoth (see pic)!

Over in Utah, Snowbird seems to have an interesting line-up – a pancake buffet is the highlight of the weekend, along with skiing and boarding from 8am until 2pm followed by summer sports and live music. Snowbasin wasn’t so lucky: the warm weather forced the ski area to close last weekend.

Elsewhere, and Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin will be open for July snow sports for the first time since 1997. The ski area still has top-to-bottom cover, with two lifts serving 21 trails. What’s more, they also have a terrain park in operation and and area for pond skimming.

Up north, Timberline / Mt Bachelor will also have its high slopes open.

Arapahoe Basin Colorado, last week (18 June) – reopens for 4 July celebrations.

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