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Crystal and Whistler Ski Areas Open Friday (Probably)

Are you ready for powder season?

By Allison Williams November 15, 2011

There’s snow in them there hills: Crystal reports at least a foot in Green Valley.

’Twas the week before ski season and all through the Northwest, not a creature was stirring…except for all the skiers and snowboarders, who are frantically digging their equipment out of storage as we speak. Ski season is here.

Whistler Mountain was scheduled to open on (American) Thanksgiving Day next week, but with a current snow base of 55 cm, a snowy forecast, and snow-making operations in full swing, the resort moved the date up to this Friday. Sister mountain Blackcomb will stick to the original November 24 opening.

Not to be outdone, Crystal Mountain announced today that they’re kicking off the season Friday, too (they say “possibly,” but we hear "hopefully"). Only the Mt. Rainier gondola and the Green Valley chair will be open, but tickets are only $35 for the day. Other lifts could open as soon as Saturday.

Mount Baker Ski Area may join the club—they’re declaring a “possible Friday opening” with a determination made on Wednesday. Mission Ridge still expects to open next Thursday. No word yet from White Pass or Stevens Pass, though the latter’s snow cams show a decent snow base.

Will you hit the slopes on Friday, before you’ve even stuffed your turkey?

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