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Tag: Crystal Mountain


Skiers, snowboarders brave one-hour line for opening day at Crystal Mountain

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN – The line for the gondola Wednesday morning at Crystal Mountain wrapped around the base lodge, but after the hour wait skiers and snowboarders were rewarded with a valley full of fluffy snow.

“It’s pretty good for opening day,” said Tiana Enger, Crystal Mountain’s spokeswoman.

Enger said the ski area was taken by surprise by the number of people who turned out early for the first day of ski season. Ski area crews scrambled to open a second chair lift to shuttle visitors to the upper mountain and by 11 a.m.

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Ski Season starts Tuesday at Stevens Pass, Wednesday at Crystal Mountain and perhaps Mt. Baker

UPDATE, Nov. 21, 9:50 a.m. Crystal Mountain has opened, as seen by the eager skiers in the photo above.

UPDATE, Nov. 20, 12:37 p.m.: More ski areas have announced opening days.  49 Degrees North, north Of Spokane, will open Friday at 9 a.m. and Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood is currently operating. Timberline remains open year round.

UPDATE: Stevens Pass has just announced it will open Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. It will open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Crystal Mountain ski area plans to launch the 2012-13 ski season with a partial opening at

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University of Puget Sound grad, Crystal Mountain ski patrol member to row across Atlantic Ocean

OAR Northwest is returning to its roots to complete its crew for a transatlantic row later this year.

Captain Jordan Hanssen said the team added former University of Puget Sound rower Pat Fleming for the Canadian Wildlife Federation Africa to the Americas expedition.

Hanssen is a former UPS graduate who formed OAR Northwest with three college friends to row in a race from New York to the United Kingdom in 2006. The 2006 team won the race and earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Hanssen’s book on the expedition, “Rowing into the Son” (The

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Ski season growing closer as resorts report first dusting of snow; snow at Paradise as well

The skiing and snowboarding season is still likely more at least a month away, but this morning resorts started reporting their first dustings of snow.  Stevens Pass and White Pass are both reporting snow this morning.  Some other ski areas around the Northwest reported snow last week.

It might just be time to start tuning skis.

Here’s a picture from White Pass:

There was a dusting of snow at Mount Rainier National Park as well this morning. The parking lot and walkways at Paradise had a light layer of snow, according to webcam images.


Nick Hall: Crystal Mountain avalanche dog helped in recovery of ranger

Cirrus,  a Crystal Mountain avalanche dog, assisted in Thursday recovery of climbing ranger Nick Hall’s body on Mount Rainier.

Kim Kircher, a member of the Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol, said the dog helped the recovery team find Hall’s body in short time. Hall died on June 21 when he fell while rescuing four injured climbers. Weather and avalanche hazard kept rangers from recovery Hall’s body for two weeks. Hall’s body was covered by several feet of snow.

“Cirrus and handler Brent Okita arrived on scene in a military helicopter and were able to find Hall in a very short time,” Kircher

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Skiers still “stuck” at Crystal Mountain, but loving unlimited untracked powder

Reeve Petersen was one of about 200 people stranded at Crystal Mountain on Thursday and Friday and he couldn’t have been happier.

“I heard the road might be open tomorrow,” Petersen said this morning after a powder run, “but secretly we’re hoping it’s not.”

Unfortunately for Petersen and fortunately for other skiers and snowboarders around the South Sound, State Route 410 was expected to reopen this evening. Downed trees forced the closure of the road between Federation Forest and Enumclaw early Thursday morning.

“It is awful,” Crystal Mountain spokeswoman Tiana Enger said, feigning distress. “All this powder and nobody to

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Road closure keeps skiers at Crystal Mountain overnight

UPDATE 8:40 a.m. – Just got a call from a skier at Crystal who said he has been told state Route 410 will remain closed and that skiers will have the mountain to themselves again today.

Downed trees on state Route 410 turned Crystal Mountain into a private ski area for about 200 people on Thursday. As an added bonus, they’ll have first crack at first tracks today because they likely spent the night, said ski area spokeswoman Justus Hyatt.

Hyatt said she was only aware of guests who stayed at the hotel or nearby cabins who were at the mountain. Hyatt worked from her Seattle home Thursday because she couldn’t get into work. A road closure warning was posted on the website at about 7 a.m., she said.

Note: Among the stranded skiers was News Tribune photographer Janet Jensen, who filed the photos in this post.

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