Magazine article Sunset

IN THE CLEAR When Fields of Brilliant Snow Persist amid Sunny Weather, the Added Warmth Brings New Energy to the Slopes

Magazine article Sunset

IN THE CLEAR When Fields of Brilliant Snow Persist amid Sunny Weather, the Added Warmth Brings New Energy to the Slopes

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A vid skiers call them "bluebird days," and they often crop up when spring rounds the corner. The air's often a little warmer, and flurries are out of sight, meaning heavy shells and bulky layers can be left back at the lodge. (You might even see a posse recovering from cabin fever by jumping on their snowboards in swimsuits or fun costumes.)

The scene plays out throughout the West, starting in March at New Mexico's Taos Ski Valley (taosskivalky.com) when the thermometer sometimes hits 60[degrees] while still leaving carve-worthy snow on the ground. Farther north, Huntsville, Utah's Snowbasin Resort (snowbasin.com) usually reaches its balmy end in mid April. Crossing into Canada, the powder plows right into May at Banff Sunshine Village (skibanff.com), where skiers and snowboarders clear air off a jump and land on a shallow pool of meltwater in the annual Slush Cup pond skim. With a multi-resort pass like the Mountain Collective--which includes Banff Sunshine Village, Snowbasin, and Taos, among others--you could spend much of the season chasing down these mild conditions. …

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