Ski Season is officially underway in the northwest.

Crystal Mountain started operating its ski lifts Wednesday morning for the 2012-2013 ski season.

Resort management says many of the 2,000 skiers who were on hand for opening day started lining up as early as 6:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Due to long lines, management had to open up the six-passenger Chinnok Express which was not scheduled to open to get skiers and boarders to the slopes.

A spokesperson for the resort says two more lifts will open on Thursday and Friday to help meet the already high demand.

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