Skiing on the Fourth of July in 2017.

A cold breeze in your hair, the feeling of slushy, soft ice beneath your feet and a snowball fight with friends — that’s what the Fourth of July felt like on the western peaks this year.

The temperature was mild enough for shorts and swimsuits and there may have been more American flags than people to carry them. Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows still has six feet of snow at the top of the mountain and Mammoth has nearly seven.

Eight resorts are open until at least July this year:

Timberline Lodge, Ore. (until September)
Mammoth Mountain, CA (until August)
Squaw Valley, CA: (until August, or when the snow runs out)
Beartooth Basin, Wyo./Mont.
Copper Mountain, Colo.
Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.
Mt. Bachelor, Ore.
Saint-Sauveur, Quebec:

(List compiled by

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Happy Independence Day from Cornice at Mammoth! #kook #kookoftheday video credit @vladimirtevlovski

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The top of @mammothmountain all dressed up for #4thofjuly. Happy Independence Day, America. ❤️❤️

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Happy July 4th from Squaw ❄️✨ @squawalpine #neverendingwinter #california #tahome

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July 4th. The snake pit reigns deep.

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Snowboarding in the summer? Julying. #happyfourth #squawvalley

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Skiing on the Fourth of July in 2017.

Skiing on the Fourth of July in 2017.