Many ski resorts keeping slopes open for spring


BOSTON -- It ain't over 'til it's over, and at some ski areas, the fat lady hasn't yet sung.

Last year Alpine Meadows stayed open until June 13, and Squaw Valley USA offered skiing daily until May 31. Both resorts are located in California's Sierra Nevada range.

Following is a sampling of what's out there for die-hard skiers and snowboarders:

  • North Lake Tahoe. Several downhill ski resorts on the California-Nevada border are expected to be open through the end of May, and visitors can take advantage of price breaks.
  • Discounts are available at Northstar-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley USA and Alpine Meadows, for example, and visitors can even work in a round of golf, hiking or mountain biking, depending on the weather.

    Lake Tahoe Central Reservations
    Phone: (800) 824-6348

  • Park City, Utah. The Canyons, expected to stay open until the end of April, offers rates starting at $85 per night plus tax for one-bedroom condos.
  • Central Reservations of Park City
    Phone: (800) 570-5618 or (435) 649-6606

  • Mountain Vacations. The Denver-based tour operator is offering late-spring packages to two resorts, both of which typically stay open until the end of April.
  • A three-night lodging package at Breckenridge Mountain Lodge in Colorado, including a two-day lift ticket and hotel taxes, starts from $195 per person, land.

    The package also includes a free hour of on-mountain activities, such as tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing or snow skating.

    A three-night land package at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Whistler in Whistler, British Columbia, including a three-day lift ticket and hotel taxes, is priced from $255 per person through April 21. Discounted air add-ons also are available.

    Mountain Vacations
    Phone: (800) 775-7995

  • United Vacations teamed up with Breckenridge Resort to offer Ski Free/Stay Free packages through April 25.
  • Skiers receive a fifth night free at the Great Divide Lodge and a fourth free day of skiing. Rates begin at $544 from San Francisco and Los Angeles and $624 from New York and Boston, including roundtrip air fare on United Airlines.

    Prices are per person, double occupancy, and are valid for Wednesday and Thursday departures.

    United Vacations
    Phone: (800) 328-6877

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