Skip to comments.Avalanche at Crystal Mountain destroys chairlift
Posted on 03/11/2014 12:55:08 PM PDT by steve86
An avalanche at Crystal Mountain has destroyed the High Campbell chairlift, the resort is reporting on its Facebook page Monday.
Specifically, the bottom terminal and towers of the chairlift were destroyed.
The resort described Monday afternoons avalanche as huge and said it was triggered by an explosive on The Throne.
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“Triggered by an explosive on The Throne”
I’ve had those, but not as bad.
I was never advanced enough to routinely ski the High Campbell lift, but I could have gotten down under good conditions.
I once spent a whole sunny lunchtime in the spring sipping a frozen beer and watching an avalanche come down the side of Mount Rainier across the valley. Wow. It took nearly an hour from top to bottom.
In 1980, my brother and I owned that mountain. He’s since passed. In memoriam, FJC.
So, this avalanche was intentional?
You watched from the Summit House?
A much smaller version was intentional.
Straight down Sunnyside with moguls as high as your waist, hips and knees flying, and your head unperturbed in a steady straight line down the mountain. Miss you, bro.
Now the skiers can’t tumble down the mountain side?
I hope David, Jennifer, and General Beringer got out okay.
That lift covered only a very small, but advanced part of the resort. Look at the trail map. It will be re-built this summer.
Way back then, there was a chalet, don’t recall what it was named. We were sitting a few feet down the snowbank away from the lip of Green Valley. I had one of my first beers ever in hand. It had been in the snow all morning, and was frozen. Rainier Beer.
Those avalanches DO have a way of getting out of control...
In my Fiorini class, “If it holds snow, we ski it.”
We would try out some pretty outrageous slopes. We would get to the top, and someone would volunteer to jump onto the top few feet to see if it kicked off an avalanche. If not, we’d all go.
Once, a guy had to swim down with the avalanche he created. But he kept his head up.
Bob. Wonder where Bob is now. Prolly dead. He was a great skier and teacher, but pretty fat. :-)
I ran for political office once. I dropped into the shop, and Julie Fiorini said, “I’m so proud of you, the McCaw boys and Bill” (Gates). Ha!
Buzz was a friend through steelhead club.
(Apologies to all for my misty memory tour...)
“Ive had those, but not as bad.”
Yesterday I suffered a sneeze attack “on the Throne.” Thought I was gonna launch!
And if anyone knows who I really am by now, send me a private message. :-)
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