For those that didn’t hear, Mammoth Mountain just announced they will be open until July 4th or longer for the 2018-19 season. Earlier, Squaw Valley reported they would have skiing & riding through July as well! The question that always comes up immediately… “Is snow even good this late in the season?” Answer – ABSOLUTELY! It’s pretty much a guarantee that the snow will be good.
Of course you can’t really guarantee weather, but under normal conditions, this time of year there should be sunshine & clear nights. The snow gets a chance to refreeze at night meaning amazing corn after a few hours of sun in the morning. We can’t give Mother Nature all the credit though. Here are a few things some resorts do to make sure their snow quality is the best it can be.
Corn is all about timing. If the air temperature didn’t get below freezing, the perfect time to ski it might be early in the day. To cover that window, lifts start running at 7:30 am.
To preserve the snow & make sure you ski at the best time, they close the lifts by 2:00 pm. This means you can spend the afternoon doing things like an après party or mountain biking.
Salt the runs
Normally salt melts snow, but when it is above freezing, it slows the snow melt leading to better snow conditions in the spring. If you are worried about the environment, don’t be. They are only allowed to use so much salt per year and have confirmed that any salt that goes into the ground is negligible.
So, grab your snowboard, sun block, and head down to Mammoth Mountain Resort. The snow will be great, the beer will be cold, and you can get some fishing in too. If that’s not enough, the mountain bike park is up & running in full swing too! For those closer to Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley will be open daily through Memorial Day and weekends through July 7th while Heavenly on the south shore is even joining in on the fun with lifts running on weekends through Memorial Day.