Breckenridge, Colorado
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Memorial Day weekend may mark the unofficial start of summer, but for those living in the western mountains, it’s clear that winter isn’t quite over. This Memorial Day, while most Americans spend the long weekend at a parade or picnicking in the park, skiers can head to the slopes.

Above average snow accumulations and late season snow have extended the ski season at several North American ski areas and some previously closed mountains — including Aspen and Whistler Blackcomb — are reopening in time for powder hounds to celebrate an unconventional Memorial Day.

The Points Guy reports that at least a dozen North American ski areas will be open for Memorial Day weekend skiing, and in some cases ticket prices and lodging are more affordable, since the traditional ski season has ended.

Below is a list of ski resorts that skiers and snowboarders can expect to find open this Memorial Day weekend:


Arapahoe Basin

  • Lift tickets start at $58

Aspen Mountain

  • Lift tickets will cost $27 for pass holders and $54 for all others.


  • Special spring pricing is listed as “TBD,” but currently advance online single-day tickets are $99.


Crystal Mountain

  • Lift tickets are $50


Mammoth Mountain

  • Tickets start at $103 online. Active and retired military personnel and their immediate families can get free lift tickets on Memorial Day.

Squaw Valley

  • Tickets start at $99


  • Tickets are $99


Mt. Bachelor

  • Online ticket purchase is $82. Note: The resort’s closing day is Sunday and will not be open on Memorial Day itself.


  • Tickets are $73



  • Tickets start at $69 online



  • Lift tickets are $70

British Columbia, Canada


  • Lift tickets are $65