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The Inertia

It’s been one helluva winter. Mammoth is about to break its all-time record for snowfall. Roofs are collapsing in South Lake Tahoe. For the first time in my life, I’m almost, almost, wanting to ski something other than powder. And with all the snow, California resorts across the board are extending ski seasons, some saying they’ll be open well into the summer.

Palisades Tahoe just announced that “thanks to Tahoe’s second snowiest winter on record,” it will be open through at least July 4. And while we’re still a little far off of the all-time record, who knows? April could deliver.

Big Bear Resort (which received 36 inches of snow in the past 72 hours, as of posting-time) is extending its season “through April,” a solid claim for a ski resort only 90 minutes from Los Angeles County.  Kirkwood just extended its season until May 14 and Heavenly just added three weeks to hit May 7.

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Chairlifts were buried across the mountain after the last storm. Photo: Mammoth Mountain

The biggest news, perhaps is over on the eastern side of the Sierras, where Mammoth Mountain is just one solid storm away from breaking its all-time record of 668 inches. They announced they’ll be open until “AT LEAST the end of July,” via Instagram. “As always, we do not have a closing date set, but will plan to stay open as long as conditions allow,” the post continued. “Sitting on one of the deepest base depths ever recorded at Main Lodge, it’s going to be some of the best spring skiing and riding we’ve ever seen.” Want to see just how deep? Check this out.


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