weekend winter operations lengthened due to strong snowpack


Snowbird, Utah -Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort officials announced this week that they will extend Utah's longest season into June thanks to above average snowfall this spring. The Little Cottonwood Canyon resort aims to remain open for skiing and riding on weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as Memorial Day) through June 20, conditions and weather permitting.

The extension would mark 199 days of skiing and riding for the 2009/10 season, two days short of Snowbird's record 2004/05 season when the resort stayed open for 201 days until July 4. As of May 20, Snowbird's mid-mountain base stands at 117 inches with forecasts calling for flurries throughout the weekend.

"For the third year in a row, Snowbird has surpassed its annual average in snowfall with some incredible spring storms," said President Bob Bonar. "The coverage on the mountain is remarkable for this time of year, and we're thrilled to be able to offer high-quality skiing and riding well into June."

Snowbird is currently offering skiing from the Tram, Little Cloud and Mineral Basin Express on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day for a reduced price of $62 with an expected closing date of June 20. The Utah resort will continue to re-evaluate conditions and the spring schedule on a daily basis, with updates on snowbird.com. Snowbird has received 588 inches of snowfall this season, exceeding the resort's annual average by 88 inches.

Father's Day Weekend activities include Brewfest on June 19, with 12 local breweries serving 3-ounce samples of Utah's finest beer for $1 along with live music and food. Summer activities also kick off on June 19 (weather permitting), including the new Ropes Course, Wasatch Mining Company Gemstone Mine, Peruvian Chairlift and Tunnel, Alpine Slide, four-station climbing wall, ZipRider, Bungy Trampoline, Mechanical Bull and Inflatables. Horseback and ATV tours are tentatively scheduled to begin Fourth of July weekend, conditions permitting.

Snowbird is currently offering a number of discounted lodging packages for spring and summer on http://www.snowbird.com/ or at (800) 453-3000. Visit snowbird.com for the latest lodging and dining information, summer schedule and to see pictures of the snow-covered mountain.