Crystal Mountain Resort gets first dusting of snow

Crystal Mountain resort received its first snowfall of the season Monday night at 6,800 feet above sea level, a spokeswoman for the ski area said Tuesday afternoon.

The temperature at the top of the mountain dropped to the 30 degrees allowing for a trace amount of snow and the first sign that ski and snowboard season is coming soon.

An employee working on the new High Campbell chairlift took picture of the snow, said resort spokeswoman Tiana Anderson. The old chairlift was destroyed by an avalanche last year.

Last season the ski area opened Oct. 1 (for one day only and for 100 skiers and snowboarders). That was Crystal’s earliest opening on record.

A minimum of two feet of snow is needed to open the ski area for the 2014-15 season.