HUNTSVILLE -- All good things must come to an end, and summer skiing at Snowbasin is no exception.
After two weeks of skiing and snowboarding in June, Snowbasin officials announced Friday that, because of high temperatures, significant rain and the resulting loss of snow, lifts will no longer be open for those looking to shred.
"We had a great two weeks," said Jason Dyer, Snowbasin public relations manager. "We had not one complaint. There were smiles on faces, and a lot of people have never skied in June, and this being our first June open, people were excited about it."
Dyer said a weekend storm brought more snow to the top of the mountain, but from the Middle Bowl down, the snow turned to rain because of high temperatures and melted any snowpack the area had.
"We got rain, and it just killed the snow," he said. "And no one likes hiking across dirt."
The extra four days of summer shredding were a success, Dyer said.
"It was successful in all aspects for us," he said. "We did this a lot more for the people, but financially, it was a great success, too."
Low temperatures and a high snow pack allowed Snowbasin to reopen in June after maintenance was completed on the Needles Gondola. Skiers were able to use that gondola to access the mid-mountain runs off Middle Bowl.
Though the snow has melted quickly at the base, Dyer said, there is still about 70 inches of snowpack at the top of the resort. That is continuing to delay the usual operation of bringing mountain bikers up the lift so they can ride the terrain. The lower areas are still open, Dyer said, and nine holes of a Frisbee golf course are also ready for players.
Snowbasin will still host a Rail Jam on July 3 at the Earl's base area for snowboarders and skiers. The cost to participate is $10, and riders must wear a helmet.
Dyer said the resort isn't ruling out another summer ski season in the future, and will evaluate the weather and the public interest on a year-to-year basis.