A growing number of western North American ski areas are announcing extended ski seasons due to the bumper snowfalls they’ve received this winter.

With above average snowfall every month since October and consistent cooler temperatures, Aspen Snowmass in Colorado is the latest to announce an extension of their 22-23 season for two of its four mountains, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain, each extending by a week.

Aspen Highlands will stay open an extra week and will now close on 16 April along with Snowmass. Aspen Mountain will extend their season to 23 April. Buttermilk will close as scheduled on 9 April.

Snowmass and Aspen Highlands have both already tracked around 300 inches (7.5 metres) of snowfall this season so far, very close to  the resort’s full season average totals, with the two snowiest months still to come.

“This has been one of the best winters for consistent snow that we’ve seen in recent history,” says Katie Ertl, Aspen’s Senior Vice-President of mountain operations.  “Every month since October has exceeded the monthly average snowfall, and temperatures have remained cool overall. With March and April snowfall still to come, it looks promising to be an outstanding spring.”