Endless Winter

Sun worshipers may be anxiously awaiting their postponed summer, but the skiers and snowboarders among us are enjoying this seemingly endless winter season.  The continued snowfall has kept the mountain trails in near pristine condition, and with so much extra powder it may be awhile before you can trade in your snowboard for hiking boots.

Needless to say, this has been a banner year for ski resorts, and thanks to a number of late-season storms many resorts are keeping their doors open much longer than usual.  Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe have each altered their summer schedules to accommodate the extra snow, and Mammoth Mountain has already announced plans to extend its ski season up through Independence Day.

Memorial Day brought ten new inches of powder to Snowbird Resort in Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon, bringing its total to a record 776 inches this season.  There has been so much snow, in fact, that the resort has recently had a number of intermittent closures on account of too much of the white stuff.

But the slopes were open this Memorial Day weekend, and Mountain Reservations’ own Mark McGill had a chance to sample a bit of the fresh holiday powder at Snowbird.  Check out some of his shots of the late-May powder:

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