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John Kircher feature held for the weekend

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Feb. 9, 2008 at 8:01 am with No Comments »
February 9, 2008 8:01 am

This weekend marks the two-year countdown to the Vancouver Olympics. A World Cup freestyle event will be held at Cypress Mountain today and tomorrow.

John Kircher of Bellevue operates Cypress along with Crystal Mountain and the Summit at Snoqualmie. We’d hoped to run a feature on Kircher yesterday but the story had to be moved to Monday.

Here’s another story about Kircher to tide you over until then.

Big Sky Resort manager Taylor Middleton has seen John Kircher stiff-arm death before.

In the early 1990s, the men were researching one of Kircher’s ideas. Kircher wanted to run a tram to the top of 11,166-foot Lone Peak, the highest point at Big Sky Resort. Today, the tram is one of the United States’ most famous lifts, but on the day a helicopter dropped Kircher and Middleton off on the peak Middleton wasn’t so sure.

After Middleton and some ski patrol directors skied the mountain’s steep upper slopes, it was Kircher’s turn.

"John jumped in and kicked off this huge avalanche," Middleton said. "He’s a great skier and he was able to ski out of it just before it would have taken him over a cliff."

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