Posts tagged: Crystal Mountain
WINTER SPORTS — It happened last week at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana, and now another report from Wednesday of a Washington skier without a partner falling into a powder pit at the base of a tree and suffocating.
CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, Wash. (AP) — The ski patrol at Washington’s Crystal Mountain Resort says a Seattle skier died when he apparently suffocated in a tree well.
The ski patrol says a skier told patrol members shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday that her skiing partner was missing. KOMO-TV reports that the patrol says the man had last been seen about 90 minutes earlier.
Ski patrol members spotted some ski equipment near the base of a tree and located the 35-year-old man. They dug him out and began CPR but he died. He was not immediately identified.
Snow immersion suffocation can happen when a skier falls, usually headfirst, into deep loose snow at the base of a tree and becomes immobilized under the snow.
The resort’s ski patrol director, Paul Baugher, says it’s important to ski with a partner and keep each other in sight.
Crystal Mountain has gotten 19 inches of snow in the past 24 hours.
WINTER SPORTS — The Crystal Mountain ski resort near Mount Rainier says it is open Tuesday for a limited number of visitors for what it calls “Roctober SkiFest.”
Crystal Mountain says it has 22-inches of snow in places and its gondola will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “for the lucky 75 who were glued to Facebook” Monday night.
No other lifts or services are available.
AVALANCHE — A woman who was buried by an avalanche at Crystal Mountain on Wednesday was rescued by a group of skiers, one of whom had a helmet cam on during the entire event.
She was wearing no avalanche beacon to help her rescuers with the search, according to news reports, but that's not confirmed here.
This chilling video shows how very, very close she came to dying in a tomb of snow and how her well trained and equipped rescuers kept calm, focused and did the job.
There's no gore here, but a lot to see, hear and absorb if you're a backcountry skier, snowshoer or snowmobiler.
The avalanche happened at minute 4:30 in the video. The rescuers found her and were yelling to give her a breath at 12 minutes — more than 7 minutes after she was buried!
After a visit to a hospital, she was OK.
WINTER SPORTS – Crystal Mountain Resort in the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park is operating this weekend, one of only seven ski resorts still open in North America.
Last year, conditions allowed the resort to set a record by staying open until July 16.
This year, the resort has pledge to open for skiing again next weekend, and possibly for more weekends as conditions allow.
Last weekend the resort had 50 inches of snow at the base and 115 inches on the summit.
The season snowfall total is 580 inches, down from last season’s record of 612 inches.
SKIING — Washington's Crystal Mountain ski resort near Mount Rainier says its ski season will end Saturday, nearly nine months after it opened in November.
The resort (see map) says the longest season in its 48-year history was made possible by record-breaking snowfall and the new Mount Rainier Gondola.
The resort measured 612 inches of snow — 51 feet — from November to June. The previous record at Crystal Mountain was 592 inches in the 1998-99 season.
SKIING — The ski patrol director at Washington's Crystal Mountain ski area says the body of an expert skier who vanished three months ago has been found in a tree well, according to the Associated Press.
Paul Baughner tells The News Tribune that an employee cut through some trees Wednesday and found the remains of 40-year-old Paul Melby of Lakewood, Wash. He was reported missing March 1.
He was found about 100 yards from a ski run at the 5,600-foot level.
The area was previously searched, but snow has melted since then.
Skiers can fall into an air pocket formed around the base of a tree in deep snow and then be unable to free themselves, quickly losing consciousness.
WINTER SPORTS — People began lining up an hour before sunrise on Saturday to be among the first to ride the state’s first enclosed ski lift that takes skiers and sightseers to the top of the Crystal Mountain ski area.
The new Mount Rainier Gondola opened after a 10-day delay due because of the weather and a cable that stretched more than expected, according to The Olympian. A mid-December press release from the ski resort said it’s typical for new cables to stretch but engineers wanted more time to address the issue.
Construction of the $5.5 million gondola began in April.
Before the skiing day ended Saturday, the gondola carried more than 3,000 skiers and sightseers on the 9-minute, 39-second trip from the ski area’s 4,400-foot elevation base to the 6,856-food Summit House. The restaurant and mountaintop gathering place has a panoramic view of Mount Rainier.
Kellogg comparison: Idaho's Silver Mountain Gondola lifts passengers 3,400 feet over 3.1 miles from the base village at Kellogg to Mountain Haus upper terminal.
SKIING — Lookout Pass and Crystal Mountain opened with good skiing conditions this morning.
Now 49 Degrees North has announced its lifts will open Saturday.
SKIING — Lookout Pass isn’t the only ski area with enough snow to open the season this weekend.Crystal Mountain resort near Mount Rainier opened today, but running just two chair lifts.
Mount Baker will have seven lifts in operation starting Saturday, the Seattle Times reports. Ski areas at Snoqualmie, Stevens and White passes still need more snow, as to our Inland Northwest resorts at 49 Degrees, Silver Mountain and Mount Spokane.
Cold and snowy weather is forecast into the weekend for the Cascades, with a foot or more of new snow predicted in some places.