Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Endless Winter in California Extend Ski Season Into August

You may associate California with the classic surf film "Endless Summer", but this season in California they are in the midst of a true Endless Winter.
This summer, people will be able to surf and ski in the same day as some of California’s ski resorts stay open into the summer, thanks to the winter’s unusually high snowfall.
NASA data found that California’s snow accumulation this year was larger than the past four years combined, and the California Department of Water Resources said it was 185 percent greater than the yearly average.After a winter of extreme weather that led to flooding and the lifting of the drought emergency status in California, skiers and snowboarders will be able to hit the slopes well into the summer months.
We can honestly say this season at Mammoth has been the best in the country, producing the best spring conditions in decades. Even the biggest season on record [668” 2010-2011] did not produce the kind of conditions and coverage we’re seeing right now.
With a current base depth of 100” at Main Lodge and over 240” at the summit, Mammoth will be operating daily into August for one of the longest seasons in history.
Kids Ski free into August. Now through the end of the season, kids 12 and under ski and ride for free.
Squaw Valley expects to be open through the weekends in July. This season you can enjoy summer skiing and the 4th of July with a music and ski festival at Squaw Valley!
"An epic snow year means California will see skiers and riders from all around the world getting in their last runs well past spring at multiple resorts", said Michael Reitzell, President of the California Ski Industry Association (Ski California). "The conditions have been amazing and all resorts have enjoyed a long season". 
Reitzell thinks having winter and summer operations running simultaneously is a good thing. "In fact, it probably might lead to more people choosing to come try to do both on the same day, which is, I think, one of the coolest things California has to offer …" he said. "In Tahoe or Mammoth, you could go skiing, water skiing, mountain biking, river rafting, and play golf all in the same day".
The California Ski Industry Association (CSIA) is a non-profit trade association representing 29 ski resorts in California and Nevada under the brand "Ski California". 

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