Crystal Mountain announced this morning that it was planning to open for the first time this weekend for limited operations in Green Valley and areas served by the Gondola. That means a substantial part of the mountain will be closed and subject to a new law that went into effect earlier this year.
In case you missed it, Washington’s legislature passed ESSB 5186, which makes it a misdemeanor if a person “knowingly skis in an area or on a ski trail, owned or controlled by a ski area operator, that is closed to the public and that has signs posted indicating the closure.” RCW 79A.45.070. That’s right folks, choosing to ski in an area that a ski resort has closed is a crime punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1000 fine. Yikes!