It is late fall, and I am not thinking about sun, warm weather, and how much I hate all the rain and cold. This is because on Veterans’ Day Crystal Mountain opened. For those of you who don’t know, this is a ski resort. For those of you snow-fanatics out there, you know that there is no better weather than snow. Simply because it is a white powder that, on two long sticks or a small board, you can hurtle down at breakneck speeds. Other ski places that are opening soon are Mt. Baker and Whistler. Not surprisingly, Snoqualmie and Stevens opened later (they are lower down, closer to the coast). However, apart from the longer drive, Crystal is a much better choice for skiing. There are more runs, more trees, more trails, larger area, more snow, better snow, the list goes on and on. If you have never tried a snow sport, you are missing out.

Until you have experienced the, I don’t know what else to call it, magic of flying down steep white hills and along forest trails where the only sound you hear are your skis on the snow, you have not yet lived. But, in order for the magic to be experienced, you need snow. The forecast for this winter is an El Nino year, warm and wet. Obviously, this is not a good thing for the regional ski/snowboard season, but I try to ignore news like this. Maybe if I don’t think about it, the weather will stay nice, cold, and snowy, like it is supposed to do. At any rate, as of now the season seems to be getting off to a great start, and I hope that everyone who reads this is able to get out to the slopes this winter. I’ll see you there.

-Eli, 14

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