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Ski Season still going strong … until April 13

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on March 29, 2008 at 7:06 pm with No Comments »
March 29, 2008 7:06 pm

Ski season isn’t over yet, but the end is near.

Crystal Mountain and Stevens Pass will shut down for the season April 13. White Pass and Alpental switch to weekends after April 13. White Pass will stay open on weekends for the rest of the month. Alpental plans to continue weekend operations until May 4.

Summit West and Summit East are Closed. Mission Ridge closes Sunday. Mount Baker goes to weekend operations next week.

Snow conditions are still good at Washington’s ski areas, but they say they must close for two reasons.

First, they are required to write a closing date into their agreements with the National Forest Service. Second, it’s no longer profitable to stay open because skiers and snowboarders aren’t visiting as much.

"It comes down to supply and demand," said Gwyn Howat of Mount Baker. "There’s plenty of snow but mountain biking, gardening, golf, soccer, baseball and all those spring activities take business away."

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