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Where to Find Closing Day Powder

by Kirsten Dobroth | April 20, 2017

It’s that time of year again; each weekend a few more resorts stop spinning their lifts and are cast off into the bowels of last season’s history. This time of year is typically marked by slush laps, costumes, mountain-top parties, and every once in a while, if we’re very lucky, a closing weekend powder day that brings back all those light and fluffy memories from the season that just ended. According to Opensnow, there’s a few spots that should be reliving past power days for this upcoming weekend, and while we’re all about the elusive powder day closing weekend here at GetSkiTickets, you’ve been forewarned that some of these powdery locales might require a bit of man power over lift power if you just can’t get enough of this winter’s fluffy goodness.
Big Sky, Montana
Sure, Big Sky’s not actually open, but the 10 inches that’s being predicted for the area might be enough incentive to forsake summer for one more weekend and bust out the skins. Neighboring Yellowstone Club is set to get a similar dump, but let’s face it, unless you regularly rub elbows with the likes of Tom Brady and Gisele, you probably have a better chance at scoring some freshies by hiking the hill next door. After all, there’s really nothing better than to #earnyourturns.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Another dormant ski hill that’s set to get a thick blanket of white fluffy stuff through the weekend. Jackson’s predicted to get 9 inches from over the next 2 days, and if we know Jackson, locals will be hiking no matter the weather.
Vail, Colorado
Finally, a resort that’s open! Vail closes this Sunday (April 22), so the impending storm that’s set to dump 7 inches on the valley might be last time locals (and hoards of Front Rangers) get to enjoy lift-accessible pow. Pond skimming already happened last weekend (I know, we’re confused, too), so there shouldn’t be any distractions to take away from pure, unadulterated powder.
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado
Anyone who knows A-Basin knows that this little skier’s paradise on Loveland Pass won’t be closing for a while — typically as long as mother nature and snowcats allow — so it doesn’t hurt that Arapahoe Basin is expecting half a foot over the next 48 hours.
And if you won’t be near any of these spots for the next 48 hours — or you’re really not into the whole #earnsyourtuns thing — don’t worry, Squaw is teasing the idea of running their lifts all summer and just never closing. We’re not holding our breath on that one, but we’ll sure be dreaming of the #neverendingwinter.

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