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.