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Red Mountain skiing ends this weekend, other resorts continue

Bob Legasa of Coeur d’Alene blasts some epic powder from the 2007-2008 ski season at Schweitzer. 49 Degrees North set a record for visitors while Silver Mountain recorded its longest season. Stellar whitewater and fishing seasons followed.Photo by Jennifer Ekstrom/Schweitzer Mountain Resort (Photo by Jennifer Ekstrom/Schweitzer Mountain Resort / The Spokesman-Review)
Bob Legasa of Coeur d’Alene blasts some epic powder from the 2007-2008 ski season at Schweitzer. 49 Degrees North set a record for visitors while Silver Mountain recorded its longest season. Stellar whitewater and fishing seasons followed.Photo by Jennifer Ekstrom/Schweitzer Mountain Resort (Photo by Jennifer Ekstrom/Schweitzer Mountain Resort / The Spokesman-Review)

SKIING -- Even though Red Mountain Ski Area received more than 200 cm of snow in March, the resort near Rossland, British Columbia, is closing for the season on Sunday with more new snow in the forecast.

Most resorts are staying open for at least another week.

Posted last day of operations in this region:

49 Degrees North -- April 10.

Mt. Spokane -- April 10.

Silver Mountain -- Splash Down rail jam is April 9. Mountain operations end the 10th, but the resort plans to open on Saturdays through April depending on snow.

Lookout Pass -- Slush Cup ends official season on April 10.

Schweitzer -- April 10.

Meanwhile in Montana near Missoula:

“I don’t think we’ve gotten to the corn-snow stage yet,” said Montana Snowbowl owner Brad Morris, referring to a late-season type of snow that looks like corn kernels. “The temperatures are dropping below freezing every night. We’ve gotten some spring days, but it’s still winter here.”

Snowbowl closed last year with 66 inches of snow at the summit. This year, the summit has about 120 inches, Morris said.

He said the area was staying open until April 17 and was within a few thousand of hitting its record for skier visits




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