Admit it: You thought April 10 was too soon for the ski season to be over, especially for a ski area that has been known to stay open until April 24 (Vail, we’re talking to you and the 2010-2011 season.) But closing dates are closing dates until they–fingers crossed–change. While extending a ski season might be any skier’s dream, it’s not exactly the easiest feat to pull off.
But Vail did. Vail Mountain announced Tuesday evening that it would be extending its ski season by a week. Instead of shutting down its lifts on April 10, the Closing Day that was announced last spring, the Colorado resort will stay open daily through April 17.
Skiers have late-season snow storms to thank for the season extension. After a quiet start to the month, March is exiting with a round of powder days. According to an article in the Vail Daily, Chris Jarnot, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Vail Mountain, said the plentiful powder factored into the decision. Vail currently boasts a 77-inch base with nearly 3 feet of snow recorded since March 23. “Our snow conditions have just continued to get better and better throughout the month, and we’ve had some of the best skiing and snowboarding of the year in the past couple of weeks,” Jarnot said.
Time to go rack up some additional days and vertical feet on that Epic Pass.