Crystal Mountain sets snow record at 600 inches

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CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, Wash. (AP) -- Sure it's Memorial Day weekend, but Washington's Crystal Mountain Resort just set a new season record for snowfall -- at 600 inches -- and is open for skiing this weekend.

A heavy and lingering snowfall is providing a wintry feel to the traditional kickoff of the summer season in much of the West.

Crystal spokeswoman Tiana Enger says seven inches of snow has accumulated this week, and the resort hit 600 inches for the 2010-2011 season on Friday.

She says the previous record was 596 inches, set during the 1998-1999 season.

The ski area southeast of Tacoma is open this weekend Saturday through Monday.