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Five ski areas were open as hundreds turned out. Snowbird in Utah had to turn people away. PlanetSKI reports. UPDATED

Arapahoe Basin, Snowbird, Timberline Lodge, Mammoth & Squaw Valley all had skiing on offer for Independence Day.

At Snowbird in Utah there was a pancake breakfast, live music, shredding the slopes and other summer activities as it ends its ski season.

So many people turned out the resort had to limit the numbers.

"Due to the number of July 4th skiers and snowboarders, we ask that all guests not currently at the resort please refrain from visiting Snowbird today for skiing/riding," said the resort on Facebook.

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Snowbird, 4th JulySnowbird, 4th July

Snowbird, 4th JulySnowbird, 4th July

"This is a great way to wrap up an amazing winter at Snowbird," said the Snowbird General Manager, Dave Fields.

"We're grateful to all of our employees who worked so hard this winter and to our many guests who hopefully enjoyed the season as much as we did."

The last time the resort was open on Independence Day was 2011.

In Colorado the resort of Arapahoe Basin also fired up some lifts on the 243rd birthday of the USA.

One of the skiers out was the ex-GB racer and regular PlanetSKI reader, Martin Bell.

"Final day of the Colorado (lift-served) ski season! Big party," he said.

He was dressed for the occassion.

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"It's not quite Independence Day, but people are loving the Summer Skiing and celebrating early," said the resort on Facebook earlier this week as it made the announcement of Independence Day opening.

Summer in A-BasinSummer in A-Basin

The A-Basin ski season in Colorado began on October 19th 2018.

The resort has jus announced the park will be open this weekend, and maybe beyond.

The terrain park will open at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

It will have a few features on the upper portion of the lower-mountain intermediate High Noon trail on the ski area's front side.

People can access the park via a short walk after taking the Black Mountain Express chairlift up to mid-mountain.

A $25 lift ticket will be required, and no season passes will be valid.

The resort has said "if the snow holds up and if park riders turn out, we may do this more than one weekend."

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We have been following the continuing extensions to the season in the USA in this rolling story on PlanetSKI across May and June:

Other resorts open were Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mountain in California.

Squaw Valley had 5 lifts and 13 runs open.

"We are now in our eighth month of skiing and riding, and because of the early start we got this year we actually operated 12 days longer than we did in 2016-17," said Squaw spokesperson, Liesl Hepburn.

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Still looking good for summer skiing in Squaw Valley:

Mammoth says there will be skiing every day into August.

"About as good as it gets in July with a base of more than four and a half feet at the summit," Lauren Burke, a spokesperson for Mammoth Mountain, wrote in an email. "Still six lifts spinning with access to 15 runs. Conditions are best early morning, and our hours are adjusted accordingly. Hop on the lifts when they open at 7:30 a.m. and you can get some really soft consistent turns."

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Summer in Mammoth MountainSummer in Mammoth Mountain

And lets not forget Timberline Lodge in Oregon.

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