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Originally published January 1, 2011 at 9:03 PM | Page modified January 2, 2011 at 7:19 AM

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Photos and video | New year, new gondola ride to the top at Crystal Mountain

Washington state's first ski-resort gondola opened Saturday under sunny skies at Crystal Mountain.

Washington state's first ski-resort gondola opened Saturday under sunny skies at Crystal Mountain. Each enclosed gondola on the $5.5 million system seats eight and makes the trip to the top, a 2,456-foot vertical rise, in just under 10 minutes — half the time of the old two-chairlift route. And now nonskiers are also able to enjoy the view of Mount Rainier and eat at the Summit House, which brags that it is Washington's highest restaurant.

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