MEAD, Wash. - Mt. Spokane has received so much snow, it will open on Friday, 6 days before Thanksgiving, making it the earliest opening day ever.
"What a great start to the season!" said General Manager Brad McQuarrie, who expects about 1,500 skiers Friday.
McQuarrie, in his 16th year at Mt Spokane, won't complain about the early start, but admits kicking off in mid November does present a staffing time crunch.
"A couple of weeks ago, we knew we were opening early," explained McQuarrie. "We still hadn't done job fair yet, orientation, training for our staff. We had inspections to do on all our lifts so we moved all that up and the crew really did great work changing their schedules."
3 of the 5 chairlifts will be operations Friday, with about 30% of the runs groomed. Earlier this year, following a legal victory in August, Mt Spokane cleared trees on the north side of the mountain for additional runs. At the moment, due to the early weather, there's no timetable on when the fresh slopes will be available.
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