#4: NO CROWDS!
Hey, it's May. Almost everyone is pretty much over it, you know, the whole snow thing. But for the few of us that just can't let go, a beautiful sunny May day with soft snow and no lift lines is a very rewarding experience.
Ski areas still open in the USA as of April 30th 2022:
-Palisades Tahoe: Fri-Sun until May 30th
-Mammoth Mountain: Daily through May 30th
-Loveland Pass: Daily through May 8th
-Breckenridge: Daily through May 30th
-Arapahoe Basin: Daily through June ?
-Mt. Hood Meadows: Weekends through May 7th
-Timberline Lodge: Daily through August ?
-Mt. Bachelor: Daily through May 29th
-Crystal Mountain: Fri-Sun until May 30th
-Beartooth Basin: Daily from May 27th - July ?
-Snowbird: Weekends only through May
-Alyeska: Weekends only through most of May
-Killington: Into May, until the snow is gone
#2: THE SNOW IS SOFT!
Pretty much everyone can agree that fresh powder is best, but some nice sun softened corn snow is so pliable and easy to push around that it makes for some great skiing and snowboarding, and you rarely have to worry about accidentally finding ice or hardpack.
#5: THE GNARLY TERRAIN SEEMS A LITTLE LESS SCARY!
Remember that chute you've been eyeballing all season? Or that double black mogul face that conditions haven't been just right to try? Well now you've got a sunny day with high visibility, soft snow, and no wind to try out that new terrain. May is a great time to finish off those season goals and challenge yourself.
Nothing says you are addicted and passionate about the sport like skiing all the way until the bitter end, and the May sunshine is a great way to earn that goggle tan to prove it.
#1: IT'S ALMOST ALWAYS SUNNY!
Hey, Winter is over, and while storms can continue well into March and April, even turning to rain sometimes, nature is pretty well worn out by the time May comes around and sunshine usually prevails!
#6: YOU HAVE LOTS OF OUTDOOR OPTIONS!
Like we said, most people are over it and have moved on to other outdoor activities like biking, hiking, kayaking, etc. Well why limit yourself? Go skiing in the morning, and hiking or biking in the afternoon. It's Spring and the possibilities are endless!
We know you probably just read that title and thought to yourself "WTF are they talking about?" Well if you clicked on the link and made is this far, then stick with us a little longer while we give you our top 10 reasons why we think May, yes May is an awesome month to ski and snowboard in North America!
Why May is an awesome month for skiing and snowboarding! Yeah, that's right, we said it, May!
#10: LATE SEASON POWDER DAYS!
It's the mountains, and when the clouds come by, sometimes they forget that it's not still Winter. The Sierra and Cascades received significant snowfall within the last week and as this article is being written, it is currently NUKING in the Colorado high country (up to 3 feet projected). You remember all those people that gave up skiing a month or two ago? Yeah, well May powder days aren't for them, it's just for you, and the few other die hards that refuse to give up the dream! So go get it!
#7: LIFT TICKET DEALS!
Hugely discounted lift deals, group rates and specials are very common for most resorts staying open into May, and almost all of them have a deal to shred the rest of the current season for free if they can hook you with a purchase of next season's pass.
#8: IT'S A GREAT WAY TO BEAT THE HEAT!
May is late Spring, almost Summer and heat waves are not uncommon. When it's a scorcher in the city, one of the best ways to beat the heat is to add a little altitude into the equation.
#3: THE ROADS ARE USUALLY CLEAR!
While everyone loves reaping the results of a fresh snow dump, it can often create some very hazardous driving conditions to get to the base area of your local resort. Also, with clear roads, sunny skies and warmer temps, your transportation options to the slopes get a little more "diverse".