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Where To Ski This Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day weekend means the start of summer for most of America, as well as day drinking, the year's first sunburn, and excruciating traffic to and from any local body of water. But if you've already scratched the itch you had in March to wear shorts, go golfing, and take a few spins on the bike, then chances are you're wishing you'd skied a few more April weekends instead of tending to spring cleaning chores. But if you're near one of a few major mountain regions, you're in luck. 9 different ski areas, from Killington to A-Basin to Whistler, will be spinning the lifts for this holiday weekend.

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1. Arapahoe Basin

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28194 U.S. 6, White River National Forest
Dillon, CO 80435
(970) 513-5700
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Skiing's most infamous parking lot party, taking place every weekend at "The Beach," continues this weekend and carries on through at least the weekend of June 2nd. A 53" base depth, 32 trails, and 4 lifts are on tap for the holiday weekend.

2. Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort

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9600 Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, Wasatch National Forest
Sandy, UT 84092
(801) 933-2222
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Snowbird's official closing weekend is this weekend, during which both the Tram and the Little Cloud high-speed quad will spin. However, adventurous backcountry riders can take their gear onto the tourist tram all summer long and ski wherever they please, as the whole ski area is considered uncontrolled backcountry (thus requiring backcountry gear and knowledge). This weekend's base depth is sitting at a plump 80".

3. Killington Resort

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4763 Killington Road
Killington, VT 05751
(802) 422-6200
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Killington's holding it down for the East Coast this weekend, extending the spring bump season on Superstar's 36" base depth. Be warned, though - it's top-to-bottom moguls, and the quantity of neon one-pieces is sure to be blinding. Keep your eyes open for the mulleted mogul champion of The Beast, "The Hammer," cranking the zipper line all weekend long.

4. Mammoth Mountain

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10001 Minaret Road, Inyo National Forest
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(800) 626-6684
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Main Lodge and the lifts off of it are supported by a 60" mid-mountain base depth. There's even a race camp hosted by members of the US Ski Team like Steve Nyman and Stacey Cook. But if spandex GS suits aren't your thing, there's sure to be plenty of SoCal babes snowboarding in bikinis.

5. Timberline Lodge

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27500 Timberline Highway, Mt. Hood National Forest
Government Camp, OR 97028
(503) 272-3311
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Timberline, on the South side of Mount Hood, is the ultimate year-round ski destination. Memorial Day weekend isn't so special though, as the skiing continues on Palmer Glacier all the way until next winter, minus a few weeks in September. On a good season, you can ski all the way from the top of Palmer to the bottom of the access road at Government Camp, a nearly 5,000 vertical foot run - in May.

6. Mount Bachelor

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13000 Southwest Century Drive, Deschutes National Forest
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 389-5900
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The lesser-known of the late-season Oregon spots, Bend's Mount Bachelor is still packing a 82" base depth for its final weekend. It's also hosting a bevy of events, from the Brewski Beer Festival to a pond skimming championship to the Sammy Carlson Invitational, a big air with a host of pro freeskiers.

7. Crystal Mountain Ski Area

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33914 Crystal Mountain Boulevard, Snoqualmie National Forest
Enumclaw, WA 98022
(360) 663-2265
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Crystal's holding it down on weekends for the Washington ski scene until the phenomenally late date of June 16th. Mt. Rainer Gondola & Green Valley will be spinning on a 40" base depth, and unlike the rest of the typical PNW season, it will likely be sunny.

8. Whistler Blackcomb

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4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
BC V0N 1B4, Canada
(800) 766-0449
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While the legendary mountain bike park might be a bigger attraction come mid-May, skiing's still in full force on a 48" base depth. Once that's over and done with after this holiday weekend, it'll be a few chairlift rides and one bus lap to get up to Horstman Glacier, where the party continues through mid-August. Serious athlete geeks may want to challenge themselves to Whistler locals' version of a triathlon - skiing, mountain biking, and golfing on the same day.

9. Aspen/Snowmass

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601 East Dean Street
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 925-1220
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Aspen loves to pull the last-minute surprise card and open the Ajax Express at the summit of Aspen Mountain, as is the case this year. A 71" base depth sits up top, so expect corn turns on 32 trails and 136 acres, followed by Veuve Clicquot at 11,212 feet.

1. Arapahoe Basin

28194 U.S. 6, White River National Forest, Dillon, CO 80435

Skiing's most infamous parking lot party, taking place every weekend at "The Beach," continues this weekend and carries on through at least the weekend of June 2nd. A 53" base depth, 32 trails, and 4 lifts are on tap for the holiday weekend.

28194 U.S. 6, White River National Forest
Dillon, CO 80435

2. Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort

9600 Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, Wasatch National Forest, Sandy, UT 84092

Snowbird's official closing weekend is this weekend, during which both the Tram and the Little Cloud high-speed quad will spin. However, adventurous backcountry riders can take their gear onto the tourist tram all summer long and ski wherever they please, as the whole ski area is considered uncontrolled backcountry (thus requiring backcountry gear and knowledge). This weekend's base depth is sitting at a plump 80".

9600 Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, Wasatch National Forest
Sandy, UT 84092

3. Killington Resort

4763 Killington Road, Killington, VT 05751

Killington's holding it down for the East Coast this weekend, extending the spring bump season on Superstar's 36" base depth. Be warned, though - it's top-to-bottom moguls, and the quantity of neon one-pieces is sure to be blinding. Keep your eyes open for the mulleted mogul champion of The Beast, "The Hammer," cranking the zipper line all weekend long.

4763 Killington Road
Killington, VT 05751

4. Mammoth Mountain

10001 Minaret Road, Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Main Lodge and the lifts off of it are supported by a 60" mid-mountain base depth. There's even a race camp hosted by members of the US Ski Team like Steve Nyman and Stacey Cook. But if spandex GS suits aren't your thing, there's sure to be plenty of SoCal babes snowboarding in bikinis.

10001 Minaret Road, Inyo National Forest
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

5. Timberline Lodge

27500 Timberline Highway, Mt. Hood National Forest, Government Camp, OR 97028

Timberline, on the South side of Mount Hood, is the ultimate year-round ski destination. Memorial Day weekend isn't so special though, as the skiing continues on Palmer Glacier all the way until next winter, minus a few weeks in September. On a good season, you can ski all the way from the top of Palmer to the bottom of the access road at Government Camp, a nearly 5,000 vertical foot run - in May.

27500 Timberline Highway, Mt. Hood National Forest
Government Camp, OR 97028

6. Mount Bachelor

13000 Southwest Century Drive, Deschutes National Forest, Bend, OR 97702

The lesser-known of the late-season Oregon spots, Bend's Mount Bachelor is still packing a 82" base depth for its final weekend. It's also hosting a bevy of events, from the Brewski Beer Festival to a pond skimming championship to the Sammy Carlson Invitational, a big air with a host of pro freeskiers.

13000 Southwest Century Drive, Deschutes National Forest
Bend, OR 97702

7. Crystal Mountain Ski Area

33914 Crystal Mountain Boulevard, Snoqualmie National Forest, Enumclaw, WA 98022

Crystal's holding it down on weekends for the Washington ski scene until the phenomenally late date of June 16th. Mt. Rainer Gondola & Green Valley will be spinning on a 40" base depth, and unlike the rest of the typical PNW season, it will likely be sunny.

33914 Crystal Mountain Boulevard, Snoqualmie National Forest
Enumclaw, WA 98022

8. Whistler Blackcomb

4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada

While the legendary mountain bike park might be a bigger attraction come mid-May, skiing's still in full force on a 48" base depth. Once that's over and done with after this holiday weekend, it'll be a few chairlift rides and one bus lap to get up to Horstman Glacier, where the party continues through mid-August. Serious athlete geeks may want to challenge themselves to Whistler locals' version of a triathlon - skiing, mountain biking, and golfing on the same day.

4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
BC V0N 1B4, Canada

9. Aspen/Snowmass

601 East Dean Street, Aspen, CO 81611

Aspen loves to pull the last-minute surprise card and open the Ajax Express at the summit of Aspen Mountain, as is the case this year. A 71" base depth sits up top, so expect corn turns on 32 trails and 136 acres, followed by Veuve Clicquot at 11,212 feet.

601 East Dean Street
Aspen, CO 81611