You’ve heard of spring skiing – but summer on the slopes?
That’s pretty rare.
Mammoth Mountain officials – who planned on keeping the California resort open until July 4 – just announced the lifts will be running into August.
“Right now we have the deepest snow depth in the country and probably the best spring conditions we’ve ever had,” said Lauren Burke, public relations manager for the resort.
The longer-than-normal ski season is thanks to a winter that pounded the region with snow. Fresh snow fell even in recent weeks, bringing the season total to 616 inches, with up to about 800 inches up at the summit.
As summer approaches, there’s still 105 inches at Main Lodge and 250 inches at the Summit.
“We’re really confident these conditions will continue to hold up,” Burke said.
The 2010-2011 season still claims title to the most snow, with 668 inches that season.
If all goes as planned, this could surpass the longest season on record. The resort stayed open until Aug. 13 in the 1994-95 season.
“We’ll see what happens with this one,” Burke said. “I think it’s a pretty special thing to be a part of, especially being able to be here in California. If you saw the vibe up here, people skiing in their bikinis, sitting out on the deck drinking beers – it’s a fun spring and there’s much more to come.”
Summer operations are still planned, with the area golf course scheduled to open June 9 and Mammoth’s bike park, operating at lower levels near Canyon and Eagle lodges, opening June 23.
“You could be skiing down and there would be a biker right next to you,” Burke said.