God Bless America! And God Bless the U.S. Ski Resorts that are still and/or will be opening back up just to celebrate the birth of our country for the July 4th weekend. For those who aren’t fans of the “God Blessing” variety, I shall say instead, Thank you Mother Nature for your American Snowy Splendor!
This 2010/2011 season has had impeccable snow conditions in the western mountain states. According to Dan Hansen at Mammoth Mountain, “It started snowing in November and didn’t really stop until early June.” Besides Mammoth, Lake Tahoe resorts like Alpine Meadows were also receiving many late dumps the first and second weekends of June.
Unlike Mammoth Mountain who has remained opened, many Tahoe resorts closed for the season. However the good news is many resorts in Tahoe and elsewhere around the United States are re-opening especially for the Fourth of July weekend. Squaw has even postponed their famous Lake Cushing Crossing that’s now scheduled for July 3.
As a reminder, this is not an El Niño year that customarily brings in massive amounts of snow for the western United States. It is the year of “anti El Niño” or La Niña. So this snow gift from Mother Nature (or those would like to thank God if that strikes your fancy) should be thanked for and thanked again. Then when you are done thanking, just going ahead and thank whomever you’d like again. I’m going to thank La Niña since it sounds the sexiest.
So where do you celebrate this Fourth of July weekend on the slopes? Below is a list, in no particular order of where you can get out and do your last couple of runs while celebrating our country’s independence. I will be expecting you all to be wearing your Uncle Sam hats and red, white and blues while skiing that sweet Spring Ski corn. Trust me when I say I have spies at the resorts to make sure you deliver some spirit!
The Following U.S. Ski Resorts are open and/or will be re-opening especially for the Independence Day Weekend:
Mammoth Mountain – Open all weekend, July 2 through July 4, with their last day of the season on July 4. Check out a full list of events and activities on their website HERE.
Alpine Meadows – Re-opening July 2 through July 4. They have some major reduced rates and celebratory t-shirts. Check out a full list of events and activities on their website HERE.
Kirkwood – Re-opening July 2 and July 3. Chair 6 will be in operation, with NO BEGINNER TERRAIN accessible. Only advanced advanced and expert terrain only. Check out full list of events and activities on their website HERE.
Sugar Bowl - Re-opening on Monday, July 4. The Disney Express Chairlift will be open from 8:30 AM to 12 PM. No beginner terrain available. Check out full list of events and activities on their website HERE.
Snowbird – Open all weekend until July 4. Limited to upper mountain skiing and riding. Check out full list of events and activities including their 4th of July Pancake Breakfast on their website HERE.
Arapahoe Basin – Open weekends through July 4. Black Mountain Express and Lenawee Mountain Lift are operating. No beginner skiing and boarding available. Check out their events and activities on their website HERE.
Mt. Bachelor – Re-opening for July 2 through July 4. Summit Express Quad will be in operation. Check out all their mountain details on their website HERE.
Photo above (and video below) both courtesy of Loon Mountain…not open this year for 4th of July Weekend: