SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) – Not only did all this snow mean an early open for ski resorts, now many of them are extending their seasons well into spring and for some, even summer.
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With the second snowiest winter on record, some Tahoe resorts have announced extended seasons. Heavenly will be open until early May, North Star will have weekends open into the end of April, Kirkwood weekends are open into May and Palisades said it would be grooming trails until Memorial Day, possibly even longer.
Further south, "we are about five inches away from breaking our all-time record for season snowfall, which is about 55 feet of snow, 669 inches," said Lauren Berk, spokesperson for Mammoth Mountain.
The resort said it will now be open at least until the end of July. "A lot of our skiers have sat back a little bit during these mega-storms that we've gotten because we have seen highway closures, we've seen lift closures across the mountain, so for those skiers and riders who maybe didn't make it up during the peak of winter, they're going to be pleasantly surprised with how incredible the skiing is going to be the next few months," Berk said. She added it's possible they could be skiing into August.
Michael Reitzell is with the nonprofit group California Ski Industry Association. He said it's going to be hard to tell when one season ends and another begins. "I got a feeling if you go to Mammoth in July, you can bring your mountain bike and your skis because you're going to be able to do both," he said.