Skiing in the summer might be unconventional, but record snowfall in the United States has meant ski fields such as Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Mountain will remain open until Independence Day on 4 July.

Kristin Rust, international sales, marketing and public relations manager at Mammoth Mountain, said it was great for tourists and business. “In April alone we received 1.5 metres of snow,” she said. “It’s a great message to send out, that you can do such a novelty thing like ski up until the 4th of July.”

Over in North Lake Tahoe, Sarah Winters, leisure sales director at North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, said after the region received 19m of snow this season, there was nothing better than skiing in the morning and paddle-boarding down on Lake Tahoe in the afternoon.

“Usually we’re open until the end of May, so it’s been several years since we’ve been open this late and usually it’s because we’ve reopened,” Winters said.

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