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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 15, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Crystal Mountain Resort might open this Friday becoming the first state ski area to begin winter operations

I know this isn’t fishing or hunting, but some of us outdoor lovers like to do other activities, and I just wanted to give folks a heads up on the latest ski-snowboard news.

Crystal Mountain Resort announced a possible opening date of this Friday, Nov. 18 depending on how much snow falls on Wednesday and Thursday.

This comes on the heel of just four months after closing for skiing in July.

“It’s a bold move to announce the opening date before we have enough snow, but we are pretty confident that the weather will produce enough snow over the next couple days to put us in really good shape for a limited opening on Friday,” said Marketing Director Tiana Enger.

The Mt. Rainier Gondola and Green Valley chairlift will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and lift tickets will be reduced to $35 on Friday. Scenic gondola rides are available for $20. Additional terrain will open as the snowpack continues to build.

Crystal Mountain is hoping to open Discovery, Chinook Express and Forest Queen Express chairlifts Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Wednesday and Thursday in the Cascades and is predicting a few feet of snow. Currently there is just over a foot of snow in Green Valley.

More details will be released Thursday on the Crystal Mountain Resort website.

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