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Closing day for Alta and Loveland

Alta celebrates New Year's Eve with a torchlight parade and fireworks.
Alta celebrates New Year's Eve with a torchlight parade and fireworks.
Kate Bongiovanni

Say it isn't so. It's the day that skiers in Colorado and Utah would rather not acknowledge: More of their beloved ski resorts are closing for the 2013-2014 season.

Granted it shouldn't be surprising considering it's May and the majority of ski resorts, especially those in the Wasatch, Rockies and Sierras, spin their lifts until the first (Crested Butte, Wolf Creek), second (Aspen Highlands, Deer Valley), and third (Vail, Park City, Northstar) weeks of April. But when you have a snow year as good as this one, where the dumps were so epic that several resorts like Breckenridge, Winter Park and Aspen Mountain extended their seasons, you're always hopeful you can rack up some ski days as far into spring as possible--and at as many resorts as possible. But alas, this weekend marks two more closings until next season: Alta and Loveland.

Utah's Little Cottonwood Canyon just outside Salt Lake City is known for its epic snowfalls. When it's not dumping in Park City, skiers can usually drive to this canyon and find the powder stashes they're craving. This season was no exception with Alta seeing 432 inches of snow and closing out its final weekend with a 101-inch base. Alta was open daily until Easter Sunday on April 20, then it reopened the following weekend for Friday to Sunday operations (April 25-27), and then reopened for one final weekend, Friday, May 2 to Sunday, May 4. Costumed skiers are out in full force and lift tickets are discounted ($50 for adults, $25 for children). For more details on Alta's closing weekend, check out the resort's website or Facebook page.

Loveland Ski Area
Even if you're not planning to ski Loveland on any given weekend (though that'd almost be crazy given how good the terrain and snow are and how close it is to Denver), you can't miss it when you're driving west on Interstate 70 through Colorado's Rockies. Part of the ski area, and the part that's been open as of late, is what you're traveling under when you go through the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels. Loveland Basin is the last bit of Loveland Ski Area that's still open for making turns. Loveland Valley has been closed since April 14, but the Basin, which typically sees higher snow totals and colder weather, wraps up the 2013-2014 season today. Loveland ends its season with a 77-inch base, pretty good considering it's May and Colorado had a warm April, and a snow total of 474 inches. During the final week of its season, Loveland reported fresh snow April 27 to May 1, for a total of 37 inches from the last round of storms. Loveland opened for its 76th season on October 17, which gives it one of the longest ski seasons in the country; with Arapahoe Basin still open, it has the second longest season in Colorado. For more details on Loveland's closing weekend, check out its website or Facebook page.

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