Don't hang up those skis or boards yet! Late season skiing in the Northwest/B.C. can offer the best conditions of the season.
Minimal or no lift lines - check
Longer and more bluebird days - check
Sometimes lots of fresh snow and less competition for freshies - check
Parking closer to the lifts - check
Special deals on ticket prices - check
Some of my best skiing days ever have been late season. I still smile remembering that early June weekend at Whistler/Blackcomb, with over a foot of fresh snow and hardly anyone else on the mountain.
Run after run of freshies! It was exhilarating and awesome.
Just last Sunday a group of us had similar conditions at Crystal Mountain, less than 2 hours from Seattle. Big smiles all around.
|On a bluebird day at Crystal last week, almost everyone (including me) stopped to take shots of Rainier....|
|...because Rainier is always so awe-inspiring.|
When You Go
Skiing extends well into the spring at several NW resorts. Crystal Mountain is open daily until April 20, then weekends until May 18. Of course Mt. Hood just east or Portland is THE place for late season skiing, click here for links to all of the Hood ski areas and info. Mt. Bachelor in central Oregon is open daily until May 25. Up close to the Canadian border in Washington, Mt. Baker is open through April 20 and possibly longer. Mission Ridge above Wenatchee in central Washington is closing April 13.