Alta announces it will stay open until May 1st

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 15, 2011 9:33 am

By Jill Adler

There’s a lot of snow in them thar hills

First Canyons made the announcement (April 17); now the first resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon falls in line.  They’ve extended their ski season…into May 1! It wouldn’t be that big of a surprise given the impressive snowfall amounts we’ve witnessed since November but I can’t remember a time in the last 20 years that Alta has stayed open this late- and with deals to boot.

1.       Alta Lodge is offering an ‘up to two kids under 18 stay and eat free‘ program when parents book four nights.

2.       A reciprocal agreement between Snowbird and Alta is in place that will allow anyone staying in the lodges up there to purchase an Alta/Bird pass for the price of single resort ticket. Start your day at the Bird, hike up to the top of Baldy, ski Dog Leg, drop into Rustler, ride up Wildcat, out the boundary gates and back over to the Tram for another lap. Maybe you’ll even get a chance to rip Pipeline.

3.       Alta will offer a “Spring Pass” for $199. That’s $7.37/day if you ski all available 27 days.

Why not 31 days for the month? That’s because Alta will shut down on April 24 and reopen the following weekend (April 29-May 1). Shuttered for five days in April. It’s kind of odd not to just remain open throughout but what do I know? Maybe the resort figures not many people will ski that late in the season and those who do are passholders so they won’t be spending money. I’d buy a brownie or two; and a bucket of those golden fries at Alf’s.

Snowbird plans to pick up the slack. They’ll remain open through Memorial Day and possibly longer.

It won’t be long before Park City, Deer Valley, Brighton, Solitude, and Snowbasin make their extension announcements too.

Jill Adler is an award-winning outdoors writer and broadcaster based in Park City, Utah. As a professional skier, rock climber, kayaker, hiker and mom, she goes out of her way to play hard and tell about it. To find out more or to send her a note, follow her on Twitter @pcskigal.