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Ski lifts still running at Crystal Mountain

Mathew McCormack of Bellevue, Wash., drops into the upper bowl at Crystal Mountain Ski Area on Saturday, July 2, 2011. The resort is ending its record-setting season on July 16, 2011.  (Associated Press)
Mathew McCormack of Bellevue, Wash., drops into the upper bowl at Crystal Mountain Ski Area on Saturday, July 2, 2011. The resort is ending its record-setting season on July 16, 2011. (Associated Press)

WINTER SPORTS – Crystal Mountain Resort in the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park is operating this weekend, one of only seven ski resorts still open in North America.

Last year, conditions allowed the resort to set a record by staying open until July 16.

This year, the resort has pledge to open for skiing again next weekend, and possibly for more weekends as conditions allow.

Last weekend the resort had 50 inches of snow at the base and 115 inches on the summit.

The season snowfall total is 580 inches, down from last season’s record of 612 inches.




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