Why ski resorts close when there’s still snow

Even with plenty of snow, Heavenly will be closing this month. Photo Copyright 2017 Carolyn E. Wright

By Benjamin Spillman, Reno Gazette-Journal

The end of ski season is always a bummer.

But it stings even more when the season ends while there’s still tons of snow on your favorite ski area.

The West Coast winter of 2016-17 delivered historic levels of snow throughout the Lake Tahoe area and the Sierra Nevada. And much of that snow is still slathered several feet deep over the slopes of west coast ski resorts from Mammoth to Truckee and between.

So that means we’ll spend our mornings skiing and afternoons drinking beers on the deck of our favorite lodge well into the summer, right? Well, not exactly.

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