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Wind prevents White Pass from opening twice in one week

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WHITE PASS, Wash.-- For the second day this week, White Pass Ski Area could not open due to the high winds.
 
White Pass representatives didn't  officially announce the closure Saturday until about noon.

They say that between 800 and 1,000 people made the trip up to do some skiing and snowboarding, and even waited around most of the morning until the final decision was announced.
 
It's not an easy thing for officials to do but the high winds, gusting upwards of 80mph, just made it too dangerous to run the lifts.
 
White Pass spokesperson said that days when they cannot open are expensive for them, and they end up having to write them down as a loss in their books.      

"It's tough to be closed in the ski business. We only have, really in a good season, we have five months and everyday that we're closed certainly hurts up financially," said Kathleen Goyette, spokesperson for White Pass.

Goyette says that typically the last weekend in February is a good one for the mountain, and since they're already down by about 7% this year the closures this week will only continue to hurt them.

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