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Flags, Lines and Just Enough Snow: Snowbird Resort Ends Winter Operations On Independence Day

Photo of skier in costume.
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A snowboarder dressed as Gumby prepared to make his way down the Little Cloud bowl at Snowbird on the Fourth of July.

Snowbird Ski Resort ended their 2018/19 season today, marking the official close of ski season in Utah.  It was the fifth time the resort has been open on the Fourth of July in their 48 year history. Skiers and snowboarders converged on the mountain to get their taste of what it’s like to ski in July. Their answer? Costumes, sunshine, long lines and just enough snow to get back to the lift.

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Every year during Snowbird's spring season, skiers carve out a snake or wiggle formation in the snow. Here a skier makes his way down what's left of this year's.
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Skiers and snowboarders converged onto the Little Cloud Bowl, the last bit of skiable terrain at the resort. The resort reported more than 700 inches of snowfall this season, which allowed winter operations to continue longer than usual.
Photo of mountain.
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The Little Cloud chairlift was the single chair open at Snowbird on the Fourth of July. Skiers and snowboarders rode the tram to and from the base of the mountain due to thinning or absent snow at lower elevations.
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Skiers and snowboarders faced long lines at the base of the mountain to ride the tram up to Hidden Peak.
Photo of skiers in costume.
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Shannon Fiegel, John Persons, James Muir-Jones and Rachel Lankin celebrating the Fourth of July at Snowbird. Many of the riders on the mountain dressed up for the occasion.
Photo of skiers in costume.
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Matthew Jimenez and Sydney Malmrose at the top of Hidden Peak at Snowbird, where nearly all of the 700 inches of snow that fell this season had melted.

    

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