The Evolution of an Opening


Last week grass poked up through the snow in Green Valley

In just a few days, the slopes at Crystal Mountain went from little snow to epic powder. We opened the ski area on Friday, based on the forecast. And how lucky we were!

Saturday it snowed very hard. At closing time, as my husband likes to say, it was “snowing ten-year-olds.” We picked up nine inches of snow in just two hours. It snowed so hard the visibility dropped to almost nothing. I took a photo of the Campbell Lodge at sweep.

Looking at the radar that afternoon, the only precipitation falling anywhere in Western Washington was right over our heads. We were the only ski area to get much snow.

snowing hard at Crystal Mountain

Saturday it snowed ten-year-olds at Crystal

By Sunday morning, we had doubled our snowpack and we woke to pristine blue skies. The skiers must have thought the snow was packed out, because we didn’t have much of a crowd. These are rare days in the ski world–a foot of fresh snow, sunny skies and few lift lines on a weekend.

Only the third day of the season, and we already enjoyed a bluebird powder day. This is why I love my job. The mountains are capricious and the weather is fickle. Sometimes we get lucky. Very lucky.

John Kircher skiing Green Valley

Skiing Powder in Green Valley on Sunday

6 responses »

    • That’s great! The forecast is calling for rain on Tuesday, then back to snow, then back to possible rain. So keep an ear to the ground. Could be a wacky few weeks of weather. No doubt we’ll have a good base by the time you arrive. Here’s to more powder days like yesterday!

  1. Envy! Mammoth was the first resort to open in California with a semi-decent amount of terrain, so I made my pilgrimage out there last week. While it was a ton of fun to charge down icy snowmaker-blown slopes in the California sunshine, I’d have swapped it for foot-deep pow in a second 🙂

  2. Hahaha!!! Snowing ten year olds! I love it! We had a very similar experience here in OR but it looks as if our freezing level is going up to around 6500ft in the next few days…booo!

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