Late-season skiing (after February) tends to be best at high altitudes where they get lots of fresh powder late into the Spring months. What can be better than shredding the mountain when it’s a balmy 50 degrees and sunny? And while many of these mountains will offer trails for all level skiers to enjoy even as the temperatures rise, these are some of our favorites for the more advanced level skier:
Arapahoe Basin, CO
Normally one of the last mountains to close for the season, Arapahoe Basin’s super high elevation mean that the snow is great well into the Spring – and its steep slopes make for some challenging trails. But the crazy wind-produced cornices are what gives this mountain its edge, including the storied Pallavinci Bowl whose icy chutes make for some true white-knuckle runs.
If you’re looking to do some off-the-beaten-path skiing, Telluride offers an expansive, remote wilderness beyond the resort where you can find heli-skiing and cat skiing tours to quench your thirst for adventure and challenge.
Sun Valley, ID
There’s a reason Olympians and professional skiers train in Sun Valley. There’s something for everyone with over 2,000 acres of ski-able mountain, so this is a great place to go if you’re a more advanced skier traveling with a group of mixed-level skiers.
Mammoth Mountain, CA
Also a favorite training ground for the pros, Mammoth Mountain can stay open as late as July 4th. Take the Cloud 9 Express to access the more rugged and unpredictable black diamond trails – which also tend to be less skied!
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