Mammoth open through July 4
Say gracias to El Niño for providing so much snow this season that most California ski resorts will stay open longer than usual. Officials at Mammoth Mountain just announced it'll be open through July 4 (closing day was June 14 last year). On April 18, Canyon Lodge and the Eagle base area will close, but Main Lodge will remain open. Having just returned from Lake Tahoe, where it snowed every day, adding about 3 feet to the 10-plus-foot snowpack, I can attest that the white stuff will be around for a while.
Here are some closing dates for other resorts (weather and conditions permitting, of course):
Mountain High: West resort is expected to stay open until at least April 25; East and North resorts have closed for the season.
Bear Mountain/Snow Summit: Bear Mountain is open daily through April 11, then weekends only beginning April 17. Snow Summit is open through at least April 18.
Squaw Valley: Closes May 9. The cable car to High Camp reopens for summer on May 29.
Alpine Meadows: Open until April 18, then open weekends only (with mostly one lift) until May 16.
Northstar at Tahoe: Open until April 18.
Kirkwood: Expected to close April 25.
Sugar Bowl: Plans to close April 25, with limited operations the following two weeks.
Mt. Rose: Projects to close April 18.
Heavenly: Closes April 25.
Homewood: Hurry, closes April 11.
— Julie Sheer
Photo: Lake Tahoe from Homewood Mountain Resort. Credit: Julie Sheer