Six US ski areas in five states say they’ll be open for skiing and snowboarding on the country’s Independence Day, July 4.
Pancakes and fireworks will be part of the celebrations which at some areas will continue through the weekend.
Mammoth and Squaw Valley in California, Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, Snowbird in Utah (pictured top), Timberline in Oregon and summer-ski area Beartooth Basin in Montana all plan to offer snowsports on Independence Day.
Arapahoe Basin say this will be their first opening in July for eight years – the area has been open since last October making July its 10th operational calendar month.
Snowbird say it will close at noon on July 4th, having been open weekends for the past few months “so long as the snow lasts.” It’s offering pancake breakfasts and brunch through the morning and special souvenir T Shirts.
Mammoth plan to make a long weekend of it with ‘America’s Highest firework Display’ planned for Saturday evening on the 6th.
Most of the areas plan to close on or soon after July 4th, with only Mammoth mountain and Timberline intending to open daily after the 7th through to August, conditions permitting.