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509-pow 03-11-2014 12:11 AM

crystal mountain avalanche
just got word that there was a avalanche at crystal mt. Washington. tookn out one of the chairs. i have never been there so i dont know what chair it is or how bad it is. it was caused by the ski patro and no one was hurt. really sucks but atleast no one was hurt. it good of been bad if they had people on it.

Avalanche takes out chairlift at Crystal Mountain; no injuries | Q13 FOX News

these pics are from their facebook.

codzilla 03-11-2014 01:08 AM

I'm heading up tomorrow, should be an interesting day. you access the upper mountain from that lift, and the south bc is a short hike from unloading. crazy

ETM 03-11-2014 01:26 AM

They definately hit the sweet spot

509-pow 03-11-2014 01:38 AM


Originally Posted by codzilla (Post 1603754)
I'm heading up tomorrow, should be an interesting day. you access the upper mountain from that lift, and the south bc is a short hike from unloading. crazy

doe's it affect any of the other lifts or would they all still be open.

wrathfuldeity 03-11-2014 02:45 AM

slide to the ground and that is quite the debris pile

killclimbz 03-11-2014 07:06 AM

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Is that the same slide that they posted video of yesterday taking out trees?

You PNW guys have a more sketch snow pack than Colorado this year so far. Having a hard time wrapping my head around it.

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wrathfuldeity 03-11-2014 08:03 AM

crystal ski patrol blog...but no mention of taking out the chair...oops

Blog Crystal: Ski Patrol Crystal Mountain Washington

codzilla 03-11-2014 08:33 AM

there's a lift that drops off on a hill just below this one that was taken out which appears to still be open. no other lifts would be affected... although with temps getting into the 40's tomorrow I don't know what all they are going to open after something like this happened. their website also mentioned that a green run below the lift that was taken out is going to be closed for weeks due to debris. this run is my go to cruiser/side hit/tree run. oh well, stevens 2014/15 passes go on sale this week and I had planned to buy one anyway

I think the video they posted went up before the late afternoon when this happened, but they were definitely bombing in the area that day so it could have been related. interesting that the blog post doesn't address the lift being destroyed

DrnknZag 03-11-2014 08:46 AM

The video they originally posted was from control work on Sunday afternoon, which was a run called "Employee Housing" further on the north side of the resort. Campbell Basin is what slid yesterday. Bear Pits also went to ground as well. The huge amount of rain we've gotten is really affecting the snowpack.

killclimbz 03-11-2014 08:47 AM

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Heh, kind of funny you say that. I was chatting with one of the NWAC guys yesterday and he said the stability has gotten better. If this is better it must have really sucked...

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