Where to ski and ride in May and beyond
Late season skiing destinations in North America
Best Places to ski in May
Late season turns? Look no further than this awesome list of Where to ski and ride in May and beyond!
It ain’t over ’til it’s over! As long as there’s snow on the slopes, there will be some crazy snow junkies willing to ski and ride it, and the following is a list of 12 great destinations in the U.S. and Canada where you can extend your season until the bitter end!
The Capital of Spring Skiing, both Palisades and Alpine Meadows consistently stay open into May almost every season. Alpine usually closes down after the first week, but Palisades extends as long as they can, even making it into July on good snow seasons. Photo by Snow Life LLC.
Benefiting from the highest altitude of any ski area in the Sierra Nevada, sunny Mammoth Mountain stays open as late as they can every year. Typical closing is last week of May, and if the snow pack allows, they have been known to make it as August! Photo by Snow Life LLC.
Timberline Lodge, OR.
The king of Summer skiing, Timberline Lodge near Portland, Oregon just keeps movin’ on up when the temps do! Regular season passes are honored through the end of May, then Summer Ops begin and the Palmer and Magic Mile chairlifts usually run through the third week of August. Photo by Snow Life LLC.
The only lift served option for late season turns out East, Killington does a great and hole hearted job staying open until the absolute bitter end! By May it’s usually reduced to just one mogul ridden trail, but the die hards love it, and ski it until the dirt takes over. Photo by Killington Resort.
BEartooth Basin, MT.
Beartooth Basin is a Spring and Summer only ski area on the Wyoming / Montana border. If snow pack allows, they open in May and run 2 poma lifts for off-piste skiing and riding until mid-July or whenever the snow runs out. Photo by Snow Life LLC
With 2 glacial mountains, it would be criminal for Whistler not to be open in May. Although they have axed their Summer camps in recent years after the Vail take over, May is still fair game for some sunny and slushy turns. Typically open until the end of May. Photo by Whistler Ski Resort
For the last few seasons, Breckenridge has been set their planned closing date for the end of May, however they don’t seem to be able to quite hit that mark, and have ended up closing after the first or second week. Photo by Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Snowbird usually makes it through the first two weeks of May, and has been known to go all the way to the end of the month if the Snow Pack allows. Photo by Snow Life LLC
Banff’s Sunshine Village & Lake Louis ski areas typically stay open through Mid-May every year and celebrate Spring with pond skims, concerts and other events. Photo by Banff Sunshine Village
Arapahoe Basin, CO.
Not only does A-Basin strive to be one of the first ski areas to open each season, they are always on the list of being one of the last ones to close. A-Basin maintains daily operations all the way through May and has been known to keep skiers on the slopes as far as the first week of July. Photo by Snow Life LLC.
Mt. Bachelor, OR.
Spring Pass ahoy! It’s almost a sure thing that Oregon’s Mount Bachelor will be drenched in sunshine and fluffy corn snow each May and their projected closing day each season is the last weekend in May, a date they never fail to make! Photo by Snow Life LLC.
Crystal Mountain WA.
As the season winds down into Spring, Crystal Mountain reduces their operations to just weekend, but as long as the snow is still going, so are the lifts. While Crystal has no projected closing dates, it is very common for them to make it into May, and good seasons have seen them go as far as July! Photo by Crystal Mountain resort.
Projected Closing Dates
The following is a list of projected closing dates for ski resorts still open in 2023. List updated: