It’s looking good for May skiing in Canada and the USA with about a dozen North American ski areas still open in May.
Some of these hadn’t planned to be open past April but extended their seasons after some big snow dumps towards the end of the month. The details of these are constantly changing but at time of writing Winter park, in Colorado, Sugarbush and Jay Peak in Vermont (pictured below in April) and Mont Sutton North of the border in Quebec were among the areas that had announced season extensions to at least May 6th, in most cases opening weekends only at this point. Killington expects to be open right through May and in to June – but it usually is anyway.
Over in the West Mammoth and Squaw Valley in California have both announced they’ll be open through May (and they may extend their seasons further); Timberline in Oregon is open almost year round and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado say they’ll stay open at least in to June, Loveland, which reported a lot of fresh snow in the last week of April, to May 6th.
In addition Snowbird in Utah is open to May 13th, Mount Hood Meadows to the 18th May and Mt Bachelor to the 27th.
Finally for the US, we mustn’t forget Beartooth Basin (formerly: The Red Lodge International Ski and Snowboard Camp) on the Wyoming/Montana border which opens for summer skiing on May 26th.
North of the border Marmot Basin and Lake Louise will be open to the first weekend in May, whilst Sunshine and Whistler will last a further fortnight, the last in the country to close. Conditions in Alberta have been positively wintry in recent weeks with fresh snow and great conditions.