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Triggered avalanche takes on life of own as it wipes out lift [Crystal Mountain, WA]
The Seattle Times ^ | 3/12/2014 | Erik Lacitas

Posted on 03/12/2014 4:23:42 PM PDT by steve86

Avalanches, even the big ones, aren’t particularly thunderous like you’d hear in a movie theater with Dolby Surround.

They make more of a swooshing sound.

“One thing you do hear is the timber snapping like matchsticks,” says Paul Baugher, Ski Patrol director at Crystal Mountain, the resort 90 miles southeast of Seattle.

He was there late Monday afternoon when an avalanche triggered for safety reasons didn’t go quite according to plan.

As the snow descended a vertical 1,000 feet, down went something like 100 trees each between 1½ to 2 feet in diameter, as well as a chairlift bolted onto a 6-foot concrete base. No one was hurt.

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Yesterday's thread:

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3132083/posts

Embedded Youtube video in article but you can't make out that much of the actual avalanche, at least I can't. Chairs swinging and falling off, though.

Direct Youtube link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwQNnjS2E-s

1 posted on 03/12/2014 4:23:42 PM PDT by steve86
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To: steve86

Yesterday’s thread:

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3132083/posts

Embedded Youtube video in article but you can’t make out that much of the actual avalanche, at least I can’t. Chairs swinging and falling off, though.

Direct Youtube link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwQNnjS2E-s


2 posted on 03/12/2014 4:24:00 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: steve86

Oops.


3 posted on 03/12/2014 9:07:59 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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