California’s last open ski resort ending season earlier than expected

If you were planning on escaping the heat and hitting the slopes for the tail end of the summer, you might just be out of luck.

In a Facebook post, Mammoth Mountain announced it will be closing Sunday, July 28, marking the end of its extended 2018-2019 winter season.

Mammoth Mountain, in the eastern Sierra, is the last ski resort still open for the season in California. The resort initially hoped to stay open until August, because record amounts of snowfall in the spring. In May, an impressive 29-inches of billowy snow blanketed the slopes, surpassing the month’s previous high of 28-inches in 2015.

Despite this promising peak in snowfall, rising temperatures turned the snow into slush. In its announcement, ski resort remarked, “Mother Nature has been turning up the heat recently and snow is melting fast.” An end-of-season celebration is in the works, but the details have not yet been released.

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Although this is sad news for skiers and snowboarders, the 2018-2019 winter season was already longer than usual, running for 260 days. Last year, Mammoth Mountain closed in June.

But don’t despair: In the meantime, thrill-seekers can shred the hills on bikes and partake in hiking adventures on the scenic Sierra trails.

Nikki Tran is an SFGATE intern. Email: nikki.tran@sfgate.com

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