CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, WASH. -- Crystal Mountain Resort is open for the first time this season.
About 1,100 skiers and boarders took advantage of the pre-Turkey Day slopes.
“Ticket open early is a good sign and hopefully it's the start of a really good season ahead,” Crystal Mountain Resort Spokesperson Tiana Anderson explained. “We typically don't open until the very last weekend in November, early December so to have this good to week early start ski season is really great for business great for employees were anxious to come back to work.”
Right now two slopes are open – and recommended only for intermediate and advanced levels. Even the limited opening is a big deal.
“I don't think I've ever skied before Thanksgiving in a while so it's great especially after last year,” excited boarder Scott Rosoff said with a grin.
The crew at Crystal Mountain is still trying to forget 2014’s warm, desolate season.
“We were about 60% below average for our snowpack most of the season we operated with the limited operations which are starting with now,” Anderson added.
The resort learned a valuable lesson and is now in the process of making snow to cover it’s lower runs.
“We invested $100,000 in new snow making this year after last year we realize we have to take matters into our own hands,” Anderson said.
Crystal Mountain Resort will be open from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily and expand its hours as more snow piles up.