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Aspen & Arapahoe Basin in Colorado have announced extra ski days after recent fresh snow while Mammoth will be open throughout August. UPDATED

Due to recent winter storms that delivered 18 inches of new snow in the past week, Aspen Mountain is open on Memorial Day Weekend May 27th-29th.

The Ajax Express chairlift will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for laps on 130 acres of Aspen Mountain's upper blue runs as well as black runs such as Summit and Blondie's.

"With a pleasant spring squall dropping additional snow on the top of Aspen Mountain last week, we are excited to kick-off our summer season with skiing/riding," said Rich Burkley, vice president of mountain operations, Aspen Skiing Company.

"The weekend will offer classic conditions for a Colorado multi-sport weekend with town green and the mountain white," he added.

And the snow has been rather good.

"The snow was a little sticky after they groomed it out last night and it really helped out,"  said a resort ski patroller, Art Nerbonne.

"It's going to be nicer (Sunday) so we'll have a bigger crowd up here, I'm sure. But the skiing was pretty good. The sun stayed behind the clouds, which helped keep the snow from getting too sticky today."

And Mammoth Mountain in California has just announced it is opening throughout August.

"Summer shredding - Mammoth will be open into August! With a current base depth of 120" at Main Lodge and 270" at the summit, Mammoth will be operating DAILY into August for one of our longest seasons in history," it said in a statement.

"When will this endless winter end? We don't have that answer yet, but we do know that the skiing and riding is all-time right now. Get out there and get your summer shred on with us,"  added the statement from Mammoth.

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Arapahoe Basin has also announced an extra weekend.

It will close as planned on June 4th - and then re-open for the following weekend from Friday, June 9th through Sunday, June 11th.

The Black Mountain Express and Lenawee Mountain lifts will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with top-to-bottom skiing.

If snow conditions allow, there is a chance that A-Basin will be able to extend to another bonus weekend as well.

"We had a tremendous storm in mid-May that brought two feet of snow to the ski area, and the conditions have been outstanding," said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin Chief Operating Officer. "We're not closing yet, and if the snow quality remains this good, we may be able to extend even beyond the 11th."

"There is definitely a demand for skiing in the late spring in Colorado. People are excited to be out on the hill," Henceroth said.

Killington in the east of the USA is also open this weekend.

"We are primed and ready for another great weekend here at The Beast, full of sunshine, cold drinks and big bumps. We're closed Monday-Thursday this week but will spin the Superstar Express Quad again this coming Friday-Monday," said a statement from the resort.

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Drone footage at Killington - when you need some more skiing:

Last weekend the skiing at Arapahoe Basin in Colorado had a summer feel with a swimwear party.

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The resort has just seen a further 50cm of snow - see here for further details of the swimwear day at A-Basin.

And here for when PlanetSKI visited on its 4-week North America road trip last winter.

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Here is the current North America snow and ice cover.
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In Idaho the resort of Silver Mountain is open for skiing too with snow still on the slopes.

The resort is offering skiing and biking this weekend. "We've never been able to do that before," said Silver Mountain's Willy Bartlett. "The snow line has never been in quite the right spot. It's just perfect timing this year."

In Canada Whistler and Sunshine Village called it a day last Monday after one of the best winters in recent years - there was still plenty of skiing to be had. 

Sunshine Village ended in its traditional way - with its Slush Cup:

Watch the entire 3 hour event below...

"March and April brought ridiculous amounts of snow. We had over two metres of new snow that fell in March, and over another metre that fell in April," said a spokeswoman from the resort, Kendra Scurfield.

"Largely, we saw more international traffic, coming primarily from the United States, thanks to our low dollar," she added.

Provisional figures show the resort had more than 500,000 visitors.

It had 9m of snow across the winter and it closed with a depth of 1.5m - last year it was under 1m.

On its final days Goat's Eye and Delirium Dive were still open - see here for our report from Sunshine Village and the resorts around Banff as we visited back in February.  

Whistler also closed on Monday 22nd.  

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In the USA  other resorts remain open:

Squaw Valley - All summer? - Mammoth Mountain - 4th July

Mt Rose - 29th May.

Timberline - September? - Mt Bachelor - 28th May.

Arapahoe Basin - 4th June (with Bonus Weekend on June 9th).

Snowbird - 29th May.

Killington - Weekends until the snow melts.       

And as things draw to a close in the northern hemisphere winter is rapidly approaching on the other side of the world.

Mt Hutt in New Zealand has switched on its snow canons ahead of its planned opening on June 9th.

It has been pumping out 5 tonnes of snow every minute when the conditions have allowed.

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And at Lesotho in Southern Africa winter is approaching.

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Here at PlanetSKI we'll be keeping an eye on snow down under - no resorts have opened in Australia but some horses have been enjoying the first dusting of snow.

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