Skiing in July?

Ski resorts from California to Colorado opened for the weekend to take advantage of an unusual combination of dense lingering snow from late-season storms in the Sierra Nevada and the Rockies and a high-pressure system ushering in warm air from the east.

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    July 2, 2011: Serni Solidarios of Tacoma, Wash., snaps a photo of University of Washington student Chris Medawar, left, and Kyle Washut on the top of the Crystal Mountain Ski Area. The resort is planning to be open for snow skiing through Independence Day.
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    July 2, 2011: People wait in line for a lift up the mountain at Alpine Ski Resort in Calif. As the Fourth of July weekend kicks off, people across the West are donning shorts, bikini tops and Hawaiian shirts -- and then they're hitting the slopes.
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    July 2, 20111: Rich Lane of Bothell, Wash., leads his friends Kevin Mackey of Renton, Wash., and Dan Jacky of Edmonds, Wash., as they fly down the slopes at Crystal Mountain Ski Area.
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    June 30, 2011: Local resident Jeff Cole makes his way across a snow-covered field as he goes for a ski run at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort near Tahoe City, Calif. Alpine Meadows opened for the Fourth of July weekend for the first time since 1995 and for just the second time in its 50-year history. Neighboring Squaw Valley USA also plans to be open for skiing over the weekend.
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    June 30, 2011: A snow cat grooms one of the trails at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.
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    July 30, 2011: Ozzy Frank shovels snow on to the approach of a ski lift at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort.
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    June 30, 2011: A snow cat grooms the approach of a ski lift at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.
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    June 30, 2011: A snow cat grooms one of the trails at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.
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    June 30, 2011: A snow cat grooms one of the slopes at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.
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    June 30, 2011: A snow cat grooms the approach of a ski lift at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.
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