As if Crystal Mountain needs to lure any more people to its slopes, the ski area will finally open its new gondola Saturday morning.
On Thursday, the ski area stationed an employee at the foot of Crystal Mountain Boulevard to turn away skiers and snowboarders (and offer free lift ticket vouchers) because the ski area was at capacity.
Crystal planned to open the Mt. Rainier Gondola, the first gondola for any Washington ski area, on Dec. 10, but the unveiling was delayed on multiple occasions. Most recently workers discovered on Dec. 21 that the cable had stretched more than three …