Keep Winter Alive

Bring your bikini for corn skiing in Mammoth, California

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    Photo: Peter Morning

If you're not quite ready to wrap up your ski season, check out California’s Mammoth Mountain. The Sierra resort carries an amazing base of 10-20 feet of snow into the spring most years, so typically stays open into June.

This year will be no different, with all of mammoth’s 3,100-vertical feet skiable through Memorial Day via eight of the resorts 28 lifts. It’s all corn snow, bikinis, and goggle tans, even with the lift operating hours moving up, from 7:30 A.M. - 2:30 P.M. to keep things from getting too mushy. They’ll keep at least one of Mammoth’s famous terrain parks open, as well as a superpipe.

And then there are the deals. After April 21, the resort offers $99/night lodging plus lift ticket deals at the main lodge’s Mammoth Inn, or check out Ski.com’s deal for the swanky slopeside Juniper Springs Resort, including lift tickets for $264 per night. Wherever you stay, the best deal is undoubtedly to buy a 2014 season pass ($689), which affords free skiing from April 22 till closing this season, and then all of next.

Not rad enough to crush the superpipe yet? Late season is actually a great time to learn to ride—no ice and no frostbite mean two fewer things to worry about. And you'll want to stay three days at least because it’s a long drive from anywhere—five hours from Los Angeles and further from the Bay Area.

STAY: 4 days
PAY: $500-$800

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