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Crystal Mountain forced to cancel Friday opening but still hopes for early start

Bob Reeves, head of lift maintennance, returns to the top of Green Valley Express at Crystal Mountain on November 9, 2015. The ski area hopes to launch its 2017-18 season next week.
Bob Reeves, head of lift maintennance, returns to the top of Green Valley Express at Crystal Mountain on November 9, 2015. The ski area hopes to launch its 2017-18 season next week. Staff file, 2015

Ski season could start early at Crystal Mountain, but it won’t start Friday.

“Maybe next week,” resort spokeswoman Tiana Anderson said Thursday. Ski areas typically hope to open by Thanksgiving.

The resort announced earlier in the week that it hoped to open Friday, but it nixed the plans when snowfall failed to match forecasts.

“We know this comes as a disappointment, we’re bummed too,” the resort posted on its website. “We came up short and did not get the snow we needed to open this weekend. The wind picked up last night and blew snow off the upper slopes and we didn’t get enough snow out of this storm. The snow will settle over the next few days making a nice base and we’ll just need another 6-12 inches to get going. The forecast is calling for more snow early next week so there’s a really good chance we’ll be open by next Friday, Nov. 17th! Keep doing your dances and stay tuned.”

Thursday afternoon the ski area reported a snow depth of 10 inches at the base and 18 inches near the top.

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