Snowbird, UT, Closes Early Due to Rapid Warming Impacting Operations

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Spring skiing. Credit: Snowbird

Snowbird, the final resort still open in Utah, brought its season to a premature end this weekend as rapid warming and high temperatures impacted key operational areas of the mountain. The resort typically likes to stay open as long as possible in to May.

“While conditions up top have been prime for skiing & riding, rapid warming & forecasted continued high temps are impacting key operational areas of the mountain. After thoughtful inspection, tomorrow, May 15, will be the last day of the 2021-22 season at Snowbird.”

Resort announcement on Saturday, May 14th, 2022

Celebrating its 50th year, the resort had hoped to stay open through May and into June, but unfortunately, Mother Nature had different plans. Snowbird opened on December 1st, 2021, and was open for 166-days when the lifts stopped turning on Sunday.

The resort finished with a season snowfall total of 435″, below its 500″ average, and an 89″ base.

Over the past few years, Snowbird has closed on May 19th, 2021, March 15th, 2020 (covid shutdown), May 27th, 2019, May 13th, 2018, and June 11th, 2017.

Breckenridge Resort, CO, which also hoped to stay through May, closed yesterday for similar reasons.

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