Mammoth Mountain ski area in California has announced it will stay open to at least July 4th.
The Californian resort has had more than 11 metres of snowfall this season so far, about half of it in the past three weeks, and currently has the deepest base in North America at 5.3 metres.
It’s the second resort to announce an extended ski season comparatively early in the winter. Breckenridge in Colorado has announced plans to stay open to the end of May each spring from now on, conditions permitting. It has previously closed in April most years although it has stayed open later years ago.
The two resorts are each part of one of two big US multi-resort owning groups which are competing on the length of season their multi-resort season passes cover as well as the number of resorts included.
Along with announcing the later end to the season at Breckenridge, Vail Resorts has announced another of their ‘Epic Pass’ resorts, Keystone, will aim to start opening in October from next season on. Mammoth is part of the Alterra Group’s competing ‘Ikon Pass.‘