OK, it snowed on Tuesday, but the new covering had little or no benefit to most of Utah's ski resorts.
As of last Sunday, nine of Utah's 13 resorts had closed.
Open are Brighton, Snowbasin and Snowbird. Alta closed on Sunday but will open for three days this week Friday through Sunday and then will close for the season.
Brighton will close on Sunday. Snowbasin was scheduled to close on Sunday but extended its season to April 27.
Snowbird has an announced date of May 26.
The weekend weather cooperated with the final days. And, most of those resorts that closed held bases well over 100 inches.
Four days of early-April snowfall brought nearly three feet of snow to Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, pushing the resort well past the 500-inch mark and setting the stage for the resort's spring events.
Snowbird is reporting a base of 155 inches at mid-mountain and 532 inches season-to-date for the resort that averages 500 inches a year. In the first 11 days of April, Snowbird has received 40 inches of snow at the base and significantly higher accumulations at mid-mountain.
In years past, late-season skiing and riding from the upper mountain Little Cloud chairlift was accessed by uploading and downloading on the Tram or the Gadzoom chairlift. This year, however, the Tram will close after May 4 to enable workers to slip all four track cables and replace the chain saddles.
Snowbird does plan, however, on operating the Peruvian Express, Mineral Basin Express and Wilbere lifts, as well as the tunnel, for the remainder of the spring season.
Snowbird spokesperson Laura Schaffer indicated last week that Snowbird officials wish to focus spring skiing and riding on the Peruvian Gulch side of the resort to capitalize on spring festivities at Snowbird Center instead of the Gad Valley area, from where the Gadzoom chairlift leaves. Schaffer also said that officials will review these operational plans in coming years and that the haul rope replacement, scheduled for completion June 14, may finish earlier than anticipated, possibly allowing skiing and riding from the tram as the ski season draws to a close.
While May 26 has tentatively been set as this season's last day of skiing at Snowbird, Schaffer assured that officials will re-examine that date as it approaches and extend the season further if conditions permit.
On Friday, Mission:Wolf, a nonprofit captive wolf sanctuary, will bring live wolves and wolf-dog crosses to Snowbird to teach about wolf captivity. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Rendezvous Room on Level 2 of the Snowbird Center, and admission is free.
For information call 801-933-2110 or visit www.snowbird.com.
With more than 425 inches of snow this season, Snowbasin decided to extend its closing date again. The resort originally announced an April 15 closing, then extended it to April 20 and now to April 27.
The decision was based on good snow condition and springlike weather.
Lifts operating through April 20 will be Porky, Becker, Little Cat and the Needles Express Gondola.
Lifts operating after the 20th until closing will be Little Cat and the Needles Express Gondola.
Rates effective April 14 through closing are adults $39 and children $23.
Earl's Lodge will be open for dining, and Needles Lodge will be open with a limited menu, however Needles at Night fine dining will continue through closing. Retail, rentals and snowsports will also be open. The tubing hill will close at the end of the day April 20.
The Ogden Canyon road will be closed from the mouth of the canyon up to the spillway on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for repairs.
A few weeks back, 10 San Diego locals boarded a plane to Utah and enjoyed the ultimate one-day ski vacation. Five winners of the Ski Utah "Ski In, Fly Out" promotion and a guest of their choice were driven to one of five different Utah ski resorts: Alta/Snowbird, Brighton/Solitude, The Canyons, Deer Valley or Snowbasin.
The "Fly in, Ski Out" campaign designed by Ski Utah and the Utah Office of Tourism is intended to promote Utah's great spring skiing conditions and incredible accessibility, perfect for last-minute ski visits."Utah has seen some very impressive snowfall this winter season," said Nathan Rafferty, president of Ski Utah. "We needed to share this with our locals and neighboring states to show off Utah's snow and accessibility."
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