After an abundance of snow fell throughout North America during the Winter, this weekend really will be the last hurrah for skiing and snowboarding for the 2010-11 season. So before bidding farewell to La Nina, which was written about extensively last Fall and early Winter (including us), there is one last chance to grab your skis or board and head to the mountain for some turns. The neat thing aboutÂ this years’ July 4 weekend skiing Â is that there is someÂ legitimate riding.
AÂ phenomenal snowpack is still on the mountains as there’s still feet upon feet of snow. A snow survey earlier this month showed that there was more snow in the Sierra’s in early June than there usually is in early April.
The areas listed below aren’t just going to have a ceremonial patch of brown snow that has been harvested just to say they are open on July 4th. They are going to have bona fide lifts running accessing mid to late season terrain. Check out Alpine Meadows, whichÂ is set to run 3 three lifts and will have base to summit operations.
The Legend, Arapahoe Basin has one of the longest season’s year in and year out willÂ be open July 1 -4.
Crystal Mountain allows you to get some turns in on the Mt Rainer Gondola and Green Valley lift and will do so until at least July 9 & 1o.
Attention please,Â moutain biking cancelled! Kirkwood has too much snow for the planned mountain biking, so they will open for skiing and snowboarding on July 2 & 3rd!
Mammoth Mountain is sporting a 3.5 – 9 foot base, and will have a snow skiing in the morning & riding dirt in the afternoon package that looks like heaps of fun.
Snowbird has the Tram running along with Little Cloud and Mineral Basin lifts for the last skiing and snowboarding dates of the season.
Squaw Valley is going to have 6 lifts spinning.Â The weekend is set to have big concerts and parties, but the real deal will be the great skiing and snowboarding.
The Disney Chairlift will be running at Sugar Bowl for all 2010-11 & 2011-12 Seaon Pass holders on July 4th.
Timberline, still loaded with snow,Â is going to be offering skiing and riding on the Palmer SnowfieldÂ until Labor Day.
Whistler will have skiing on the Horstman GlacierÂ until July 18.