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Thanks to some late snowfall and slow melting, Winter Park Resort is extending its 2020-21 ski and snowboard season again, now set to end on May 16.

This comes after the resort extended its season to May 9 last month, after accumulating 79 inches of snow in March, more than a quarter of the total during the winter season.

During its last week of operation, the resort will only run its Super Gauge chair lift and the only open terrain will be advanced and intermediate trails served from the lift.

There will also be no lessons or rentals available and limited services at the Mary Jane base area, officials said. 

“The extra week is the perfect opportunity for pass holders and die-hard snow enthusiasts alike to get a few last turns in before the spring runoff accelerates,” the resort said in its announcement Tuesday.

This late end adds to the already unusual 2020-21 ski and snowboard season as Winter Park Resort experienced one of its latest openings of all time, not beginning operations until December.

Statewide, the 2020-21 season had the latest opening day since 2015, with the first resort opening on Oct. 28. This was largely because of a lack of snow accumulation from dry weather and wildfires.

As of March, pass holders no longer require reservations to access the mountain — a policy established to assure social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resort officials said they no longer need the reservation system to manage visitation numbers.

The resort will continue to limit other mountain access products to help manage the volume of visitors through the end of the season.

All other COVID-19 policies and procedures — including wearing mandatory face masks, no indoor dining and pre-booking all services — will remain in effect through the remainder of the season.

Additional updates, including open lifts and trails is available at winterparkresort.com.