April has picked up where last year left off at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort thanks to six feet of snow in the first 10 days of this month. With snow banks piled high and a mid-mountain base depth of 180 inches, Snowbird is half way to matching the 144 inches that fell last April, the snowiest month of the 2009/10 season.
"This past weekend was unquestionably some of the best skiing of the season," said Snowbird Vice President Dave Fields. "La Nina storms keep lining up for Little Cottonwood, and at this rate we could be topping our snowiest and longest season on record."
Standing at 631 inches on April 11, Snowbird is fast approaching the record 688-inch mark that was set during the 1983/1984 season. The latest closing date in the history of the Little Cottonwood Canyon resort is July 4 (in 2005). Snowbird plans to offer skiing and riding til Memorial Day Weekend this year and potentially beyond if the impressive snowpack holds. This is the fourth consecutive season Snowbird has topped 600 inches.
Lodging packages are currently available from $99/person for skiers and snowboarders looking to make one last powder-filled trip. Full details and more lodging options available at www.snowbird.com/lodging/hotdeals.php , and every Snowbird lodging and lift package booked until April 24 receives a free upgrade to an AltaBird pass.
April is full of non-skiing activities for young and old, including an Easter Sunrise Service on 11,000-foot Hidden Peak, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt on Chickadee and a special brunch at the Aerie Restaurant (details for the April 24 holiday activities can be found at www.snowbird.com/events/easter.html ). Après ski fun includes free live music on the Plaza Deck, Saturday and Sunday afternoons through the end of April (weather permitting) along with daily food and drink specials. Skiers and riders who want to extend their season can purchase a Spring Pass for $299 that is good thru the end of the 2010/11 season.