Something that really impresses me is that Crystal has embraced the media coverage of this news. Fortunately no one was hurt, but many resorts would be blaming the Ski Patrol for the loss of the lift, or suppressing any contact with the media. When was the last time you saw a ski patrol member actually allowed to talk to the media about their jobs, an accident or an avalanche? Instead of gagging the Patrol members, we have Youtube video and open candid blogs about what happened and who was involved, and what they thought!
This is great, and props to the Crystal management team that not only allowed these people to speak, but is actually promoting the sale of the chairlift parts. Just goes to show what happens when SKIERS run mountains.
Crystal Mountain to Sell Chairs From Avalanche
CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, Wash. March 11, 2014 (AP)
Within hours of an intentionally-set avalanche wiping out a chairlift at Crystal Mountain, the resort at Mount Rainier started hearing from people who wanted to buy the damaged chairs.
The Washington state resort plans to replace the chairlift this summer and it routinely sells off decommissioned chairs, but it's still dealing with Monday's avalanche. The slide was triggered by an explosive set off by the Ski Patrol to remove unstable snow.
General Manager John Kircher says on the resort's website that people who want chairs should put their name on a list at the office. He says, "The demand has been overwhelming, but right now is not the time."
The High Campbell chairlift was hit by an avalanche 30 feet deep that swept down a slope known as the Throne.