Crystal Mountain, WA, received over 18 inches of new snow in places and thus have decided to open today, October 1, for 75 lucky skiers and riders who commented on its Facebook page. Tickets cost $15, and the resort considers the opening to be lift-assisted backcountry skiing, and warns skiers to expect early season conditions.
Press Release, Crystal Mountain, WA, September 30, 2013:
The Government might be shutting down, but we are opening up! Released in a press conference at the White Room earlier today, President John Kircher announced that the 2013 Ski & Snowboard Season starts and ends tomorrow. “It’s about giving the people what they want,” said Mr. Kircher. There’s up to 18” of snow in places and we can’t let a good thing go to waste. The gondola will run from 10am-1pm for the lucky 75 who were glued to Facebook tonight!
Consider this to be lift-assisted early season backcountry skiing with very early-season conditions. Once you’ve made your sweet glory turns in Green Valley or elsewhere, you’ll have to either hike or skin back to the top in order to download (no other lifts will be running), or hike down to the bottom. Bring a backpack and plan for an adventurous day!
The cost is $15, bragging rights included. We’re not going to tell you what kind of equipment to bring as it should be obvious. This is Rocktoberfest. Ski with the weeds and early-season rockstars!
No services will be available so pack a lunch and bring water. There will be no caution signs, ropes or avalanche control so ski and ride at your own risk.