It sounds like a common internet scam: Comment on our Facebook page and win. However, a few powder-hungry followers of Crystal Mountain’s Facebook page did win the chance to shred the mountain on Tuesday, well before it's open to the public.
Due to an early-season dump with snow up to 18’’ in places, the Washington state resort decided to power up its gondola exclusively for the first 75 people who posted their favorite thing about the resort on its Facebook last night. More than 400 people commented for the chance to buy a lift ticket for $15 today.
“It's about giving the people what they want,” said President John Kircher in a release on Monday.
The gondola may be running, but the runs aren't in the best shape yet. Crystal Mountain encourages the lucky few to stick to the backcountry. “This is Rocktoberfest,” Crystal Mountain’s release said, “Ski with the weeds and early-season rockstars!”
Afterwards, those lucky 75 may want to spend the rest of the afternoon applying P-Tex to their skis. It is “Rocktober” after all.