It's May, but they're still skiing in Washington State

TACOMA, Wash. — Luke Skibba pulled his snowboard out of his car at Alpental ski area Monday morning and proclaimed, “I’m here to celebrate my Mexican heritage.”

Never mind that Skibba is about as Mexican as Dick Cheney, Cinco De Mayo was just a good excuse to blow off work and take advantage of a ski season that’s starting to seem endless.

Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders flocked to Alpental at Snoqualmie Pass Monday for what was supposed to be the last day of the season. However, a sign at the ticket booth announced the ski area will open again May 10-11.

Hikers booking permits to hike the 90-mile Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier in June are being told to expect 100 percent snow cover, said Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman Lee Taylor. The area has received 895 inches of snow since July 1, 2007. Its annual average is 640 inches. It currently has a 206-inch snowpack, 47 inches more than normal for May.

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