Snow skiing in May?

Old Jan 28th, 2004, 12:22 PM
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Snow skiing in May?

My husband and I live in Atlanta, Ga and wanted to go skiing for a weekend at the end of May (somewhere in the U.S.). Is it possible to find a place to ski that late in the year? If so, we'd like somewhere that is ideal for beginners (as I've never skiied), but has intermediate slopes for my husband.

Any help would be very much appreciated!

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Old Jan 28th, 2004, 12:32 PM
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You are going to have a pretty tough time finding intermediate and beginner skiing in late May. The places that still have snow are likely to be high elevation, back country trails.

Check the Canada board as there might be some places in the far North that have good late season skiing.

Alternatively, you might try South America if May is the only time you can get away for a ski vacation.
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Old Jan 28th, 2004, 12:49 PM
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We saw snow in Park City, Utah, in July! Not sure what they'll have in May.
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Old Jan 28th, 2004, 12:57 PM
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The end of May is really pushing it for skiing. Sometimes Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows at Lake Tahoe will have a lift running that late, but I wouldn't make the trip for the skiing. Mid-April is usually the end of normal ski season (there may still be snow some places, but conditions are marginal, and the skiers mostly move on to other activities).

There is a bit of summer skiing on glaciers at Whistler in Canada, and Mt Hood in Oregon.
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Old Jan 28th, 2004, 01:17 PM
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In a big snow year there can be skiing at Mammoth. It's be hard to plan now for that though.
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Old Jan 28th, 2004, 02:14 PM
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With a BIG tongue in cheek...

Tuckerman's Ravine on Memorial Day is legendary

They're still dumping the Zamboni's on Killington in May
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Araphoe Basin, Colo usually stays open until July 4th - HOWEVER, no beginner terrain then...
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For all intents and purposes forget skiing at the end of May - unless you want to drop some big bucks to hire a helicopter that will drop you on an isolated snow covered slope. (Not recommended for beginners.)
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Timberline Lodge on Mt Hood in Oregon has skiing thru Labor Day. In early May, the snow should be low enough for the beginner slopes to still be open. The Palmer lift runs all summer long. US Olympic team trains there BTW.
An intermediate skier will have little trouble.
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Old Jan 28th, 2004, 03:04 PM
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Try Whistler, British Columbia.
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Portillo, Chile is your best bet-Tuckermans is suicide-did it in the 70s-dont remember-they told me
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A Basin has snow til June-- it is right outside of Keystone,Colorado...
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Old Jan 28th, 2004, 06:12 PM
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Old Jan 28th, 2004, 07:23 PM
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Agreed, you'll be hard pressed to find a resort in the US in May, especially since most beginner runs are on the bottom of the mountains and that's not where the snow will be if there is any.

You may want to try South America - I've read many times that the skiing is great there and of course, the exchange rates are generally very favorable.

Citiboy, I'd be interested in hearing your Tuck story - if you can remember ha ha.
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Old Jan 28th, 2004, 10:10 PM
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I've skiied Timberline in June, and it was pretty good. You can also go to Whistler, which is still running up high on Blackcomb at that time of year. None of those are going to be really good for a beginning skier. The snow is usually very hard in the morning, and slushy by the afternoon.

Ah, Tuckerman's Ravine! I've skiied there on Memorial Day weekend. Well, strickly speaking, I fell off the headwall and tumbled to the bottom, but I was wearing skis for at least part of that time.
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Tuckermans was best to ski in a purple haze.You first had to climb up a mountain to the top of a cliff. That in itself was an experience.I put my skis on and looked down. I could see nothing but air.I tried to traverse at the outset and sideslip down the headwall.After about 100 ft.I fell most of the way down.No broken bones but never tried a second time.It is more fun to come back and hike Mt. Washington in the summer and safer
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