Heavy mountain snow means early opening at Stevens Pass

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by AMY MORENO / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 16 at 6:33 PM

Ski season has officially arrived in Western Washington. On Saturday, both Crystal Mountain and Stevens Pass were able to open for skiing and snowboarding.

There was just enough powder to give skiers and snowboarders what they’ve been waiting for.

“There’s no place I’d rather be on a day like this,” said Dave Huang.

Weekends on the slopes give Dane Egusa a break from a stressful work week at his engineering firm.

"During the week you go to work in the city and then you get to come up to Stevens and it's very calming and there's nobody around.. it's cathartic,” he said.

On Saturday, Stevens had two lifts open and planned to a have a third going on Sunday.

The Stevens ski area rarely opens before Thanksgiving. The average opening is December 1.

Officials at Crystal said two lifts would be open again Sunday.  The mountain will be closed Monday and Tuesday, with a possible reopening on Wednesday depending on how the next storm system shapes up.

Crystal opened for one day on October 1, 2013, which was the resort's earliest opening in the 51-year history.

Stevens and Snoqualmie could get additional snow on Sunday, depending on where a convergence zone forms.

Skiers: Download the NW Ski Report App for the latest conditions on the slopes.

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