In this image provided by Alpine Ski Resort people wait in line for a lift up the mountain at Alpine Ski Resort in Calif. Saturday July 2, 2011. As the Fourth of July weekend kicks off, people across ... more 
In this image provided by Alpine Ski Resort people wait in line for a lift up the mountain at Alpine Ski Resort in Calif. Saturday July 2, 2011. 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. 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. less 
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Associated Press
Sun, Jul 3, 2011 12:28 AM EDT