Diehard snow junkies know that springtime is the best time on mountain—the days are longer, the temps warmer, the lift lines shorter and the aprés ski can't be beat. Don't mothball your skis or snowboard just yet; strap 'em on and show a little skin, then rendezvous with friends for an aprés drink on the deck accompanied by live music. This is spring skiing, and it doesn't get much better.
We stacked up snowfall information, closing dates, late-season discounts and spring party dates to make this list of resorts across the West, Canada and Alaska. For an unbiased snowfall analysis, we turned to Tony Crocker, the passionate skier and even more passionate numbers guy behind bestsnow.net. Since this season's estimated closing dates weren't always available, we also listed 2011 closing dates, because, well, 2012 was kind of a crap winter, we're decidedly optimistic and the last few weeks have brought plenty of fresh powder across the West. (April powder days? You betcha.)
That means it's spring skiing time! So bust out your neon skisuit, bring a fun-loving attitude and prepare to rip the best corn snow this continent has to offer!
*Additional reporting by Kurt Miller.