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Check Out Summer’s Solar Eclipse At Winter Resorts


Mountaintop views of the total solar eclipse. (NASA)

On Aug. 21, the first solar eclipse to cross North America in 38 years will hit the Oregon coast about 9 a.m. PDT, then course over the mountains of Idaho and Wyoming before hitting the Midwest and finishing up across the North Carolina high country.

One of the prime spots to experience both total and near-total eclipses would be atop a mountain, and nearly a dozen winter ski and snowboard resorts have set up special schedules for viewing when the moon passes in front of the sun. Here’s a look, from West to East:

In Washington state, Crystal Mountain will crank up the gondola for a morning ride to the top for a 90 percent viewing.

Oregon’s Mt. Hood Meadows opens its parking lots for overnighters and turns on Stadium Chair at 8 a.m. for 90 percent viewing. Neaby at Mt. Bachelor, the Martens lift will run to the top for 99 percent of eclipse sighting.

The sun, moon and earth align over Idaho. (Visit Sun Valley)

In Idaho, the eclipse will be total at several ski and snowboard resort. Pebble Creek, TamarackSun Valley and Grand Targhee all have solar celebrations and lift rides set.

The eclipse path. (NASA)

Wyoming will also be in the path of the total eclipse. White Pine and Jackson Hole are set up for viewing.

And, once the sun travels all the way across the continent, the total eclipse will run right over Sugar Mountain in North Carolina. For more info on the path of the solar eclipse, click here

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