How early is early? The earliest opening on record was June 29 in 2005 so now, 10 years later we are going to kick the pants off that record! With the Weird Winter of 2014-2015 wreaking everyone’s day as far as snow was concerned people had little better to do than to start calling the Department of Transportation to ask if the road could be opened early…… and they started calling in February. Crews got to work on April 20, although locals and ski area staff all know that large parts of the road were already being cleared to provide snow for Mt Baker Ski Area. It’s tempting to start a “When Will Artist Point Open” pool, I would place my bet on Saturday, May 9 just to be safe, but I’m tempted to take May 2nd. Only time will tell.