Crystal was pretty good fun today. In fact it was kind of a home run day by this year's standards. At least until around 11:00 when the snow became rather less than ideal and the GV lift line got into the nuts zone (by my reckoning anyway). Open inbounds terrain was limited to GV and Snorting Elk Bowl.
It is a pity they were not open yesterday when the temps were more favorable to the fresh snow that was sitting there. But they did open today and the recent snowfall made for a couple hours of good skiing. If you watched the forecasts carefully (&/or subscribe to Larry Schick's emails), you got there early in expectation of rapidly rising temps and deteriorating snow by mid to late morning. And that's what happened. We rode the gondola down around 11:30 or so - and we were by no means the first.
The gondola line from our vantage point ten minutes before loading. We'd been in line around 30 minutes by then.
Here's looking back at the folks behind us a bit after the Gondola started loading. It was a long line.
My subtle skis du jour (my big Praxis Protests) looking down Snorting Elk Bowl. I did not want to end the season without them ever touching snow. And today seemed like it might be my last shot at getting them out on the kind of snow they are made for.
A couple shots of cloudpeak in Snorting Elk Bowl.
By 10:30 the snow was deteriorating and the lines getting lengthy - we did one more lap after this and decided to call it on a happy note.
It seemed like they could easily have opened Rex, but the lift line rumor was they could not round up enough staff to make much of anything happen. They seemed pretty stretched as it was.
Given limited food options, someone we shared a lift ride with recommended sandwiches at the board shop with the Sasquatch out front in Greenwater (who knew board shops sell breakfast and lunch? ). The food was good and the crowd friendly. Thumbs up.