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April snow extends ski season for Tahoe resorts, Mammoth Mountain

Ski areas in California and Nevada get a boost from late-season snowstorm that brought fresh powder

Just when you thought it might be time to put away the skis and take your mountain bike to the slopes, a spring storm has brought fresh powder to the Sierra Nevada.

By Wednesday, up to 2 feet of snow had fallen at Lake Tahoe-area resorts and at Mammoth Mountain -- extending the ski/snowboarding season.

Resorts Wednesday were touting their windfall in hopes of luring riders and skiers who want to make the most of the late-season powder.

Squaw Valley in Olympic Valley, Calif., west of Lake Tahoe, received 20 inches of snow on its upper mountain. The resort reports a 45-inch base with four lifts operating as of Wednesday.

It plans to stay open until April 19 -- and longer if more snow falls.

Heavenly, NorthstarMt. Rose and Kirkwood, all in the Lake Tahoe area, also plan to stay open until April 19.

Mammoth Mountain hasn't announced a closing date but received more than 2 feet of snow in less than 24 hours, it reported Wednesday.

Skiers and boarders who have a season pass for any resort can get lift tickets for $59 a day at Mammoth.

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