I love summer skiing. The air is warm, the snow is soft and forgiving, and even when a line forms at the bottom of the only running chairlift, everyone seems happier and less frenzied than winter-time skiing. Yesterday at Crystal, with picture perfect weather, over a thousand people came up to enjoy the view. Some skied in Green Valley, while others found a spot on one of the green “euro chairs” and soaked in the vista and the vitamin D–two things we haven’t seen in the PNW since last summer. It was glorious.
Plenty of bikinis and shirtless guys could be found on the mountain yesterday. I ran into Barbie and Ken on the plaza, and they were having a great time.
We don’t know how long the snow will last, now that summer is officially here. We are opened for skiing today and tomorrow (what a great way to celebrate the 4th of July!). Then, we will be open next weekend for sure, and hopefully the weekend after that. From there, we will have to cross our fingers. The gondola will be open daily for scenic rides.
The weather forecast is looking up. Fireworks stands are popping up in Safeway parking lots. Bags of charcoal, stacks of paper plates and hamburger buns are flying out of the grocery stores. It can be just one thing: 4th of July weekend is coming.
How about something a little different this year to celebrate our country’s independence and the freedom to skyrocket colorful explosives into the night sky? How about, instead of the traditional backyard BBQ, going skiing instead?
That’s right. Crystal Mountain is still open for skiing. We will be open Saturday through Monday for downhill skiing. The gondola is also open every day for sightseeing. And if you haven’t been up there yet, it’s definitely worth the trip. The vista from the top of the gondola is spectacular. Just think of the Christmas card photo you can get with your
family. And the views of Mt. Rainier. And the chance to shuss down into Green Valley on perfect corn. Plus, with mountain temps in the high 50s and low 60s and sunny skies predicted for this weekend, you can ski in your hawaiian shirt. And you cut-offs. Or even your bikini for those truly adventurous types.
So forget the backyard and instead ring in the celebration on the slopes.