Perhaps we should petition to change the calendars in the Northwest, moving winter’s end from the March 21st to mid-May, or June even, given the snow levels at Crystal remain plenty skiable as we move toward summer. To this end, the resort has made it official, extending the season with weekend skiing until at least May 28th. If you haven’t skied in your bikini lately, I highly recommend it.
As a (more) brash youth, I used to love California skiing in shorts, seduced by the spring sunshine and the opportunity to ski at a nice discounted lift ticket on the remaining snow. Besides my two decades of age, the big difference between skiing in the Sierras and the Cascades is that Crystal’s snow is so deep, our so-called “remaining” snow is deeper than other regions of the country experienced during their peak season this winter.
Spring skiing isn’t just about the snow, however. Aprés was made for the late season, when the sun remains high above The King and the Glacier Express patio feels more like Venice Beach than the Pacific Northwest. I can’t promise you’ll see Robert Wagner as I did during those vernal California ski days in the 90’s, but everyone feels like a celebrity under the sun’s bright light when cruising at Crystal in spring. www.FlowingStreamWriting.net @CraiSBower