Just because the days are getting longer, warmer, and the two long winter holiday weekends are behind us, it doesn't mean you can't plan another ski trip.
For some, the end-of-season spring ski trip is an annual rite of passage; a way to bid adieu to another great winter on the slopes with sunny skies, corn snow conditions and some killer apr?s ski meals, celebrations and life-is-so-good moments.
As you look ahead to April, there's still skiing to be had. Here are a few mountains known for some excellent late-season skiing. But, as always, be sure to check with the resort before making your plans as spring skiing is always subject to changes in conditions.
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Mammoth Mountain, California
With its eastern-facing exposure and high altitude, Mammoth is king of the long ski season, sometimes stretching into late spring or even summer.
In 1995, Mammoth Mountain still offered skiing in August for an incredible 10-month ski season. More recently, during the epic winter of 2010-11, it featured skiing on July 4th weekend. This year, their Pond Skim & Spring Fest is scheduled for April 21, so you can't go wrong taking some turns in April along the Eastern Sierras.
Big Sky, Montana
The generally colder Montana temperatures during winter give Big Sky a nice snow quality well into the early spring period.
In 2013, the season is scheduled to finish April 14, giving you two solid weeks to enjoy April skiing just 50 miles from the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
Having nearly 360 degrees of the mountain, Big Sky offers plenty of North Facing aspects to keep snow powdery. Or head to Southern Comfort Chair, where the morning sun in spring turns the snow to corn very early and brings that hero snow that everyone loves in spring.
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There are few more scenic views in all of America, as you sip a cold one and enjoy your apr?s ski moment with the sun going down behind hulking Lone Peak.
Few resorts get more white fluffy stuff then Alta, Utah. They often have skiing well into June and stayed open for the entire month of April in 2012.Alta has a cult following among hard-core skiers for its terrain, authenticity and history--so head on up Little Cottonwood Canyon for late season. With its proximity and easy access to Salt Lake City Airport, booking last-minute flights based on the latest snow conditions makes this an easy weekend trip with only a few days advance planning needed.