The Bittersweet End of a Season

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Final Sweep on Northway Chair

Sunday marked the last day of the 2011-2012 Winter Season at Crystal Mountain. With sunny skies, the bikini downhill on Saturday and a gaggle of people on the King at sweep, it felt like the end. Cars filed out of the parking lot beeping their horns and a crowd lingered on the patio, drinking in one last spring ski day.

Grego Lasek skied every single day this season. The “B Lot Boys” represented in the lift lines and out on the slopes. Others carved their signatures on the snow and cheered each other on.

Overall it was a great season with plenty of snow, numerous powder days and many avalanche control mornings. We battled the wind and weather, and at times I just wanted the storms to mellow out so we could run the chairs. But all in all, I’m not complaining.

I’m especially not complaining because Crystal isn’t really closing. Even though the Winter Season is officially over, we are re-opening on Friday for our Spring/Summer Season. With all the snow still on the slopes, we’ll keep running the chairs for skiing until it melts. At this point, that could be well into June or even July.

Sunny days melt the snow faster than rainy and even warm, cloudy days. So if we have a nice Spring (which a part of me is really rooting for) than the snow will melt faster. But if the coming weeks and months bring cool, cloudy days, then we’ll be skiing on the 4th of July.

I, for one, am looking forward to some sunny, Spring skiing days. Hope to see you out there.

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