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Crystal's new chair in Northback country

post #1 of 26
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Crystal Mountain, WA is in the process of installing a new lift in it's patrolled/controlled North Back Country. They are posting photos of the process here http://www.skicrystal.com/1733.html

This will increase the areas lift serviced terrain by 1000 acres or 77% from 1300 to 2300 acres.
post #2 of 26
That's awesome. I be out visiting my Brother in Law in North Bend this Winter.

I'll be skiing Crystal at least two days. It's such an awesome area. (when you can see)
post #3 of 26
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That's awesome. I be out visiting my Brother in Law in North Bend this Winter.

I'll be skiing Crystal at least two days. It's such an awesome area. (when you can see)
email me & I'll give you my cell # & maybe I'll meet you up there! atomicman52@comcast.net
post #4 of 26
well now, that would be great as well. We'd have to do a day at Alpental also. Looks like right now we'll be out there some time in early March.
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well now, that would be great as well. We'd have to do a day at Alpental also. Looks like right now we'll be out there some time in early March.
I live 40 minutes from Alpental
post #6 of 26
How close to North Bend are you?
post #7 of 26
No one out here is that far from North Bend - as it is on the way to Alpental/Summit for everyone on this side of the mountains. Figure 10-45 minutes to North Bend for virtually everyone in the Seattle and east side areas (except during weekday nasty traffic times).
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How close to North Bend are you?
About 15-20 Minutes!
post #9 of 26
This lift may increase lift service terrain, but it doesn't increase actual a appreciable amount. Most of the area this lift will service was accessable via a short uphill skate. If fact it may decrease the amount of terrain easily accessable by lift if they stop running the shuttle. The base of the lift is only down by the large tree island on Northway trail. There is a lot of vertical below this. I hiked up to the base of the lift via northway trail on saturday, to see how hard it will be to boot up from the bottom of northway. The base of the lift is almost 1000 feet in elevation above the northway shuttle stop. All the out of bounds terrain will either see a lot more traffic due to the easier access or no traffic, once they stop running the bus due to a lack of interest for the in bounds skiers going down the typically poor northway snowl conditions. One new run that has been added is the lift line. If they do some trimming in the woods, to make the trees skiable there will be a significant amount of skiable area added.
post #10 of 26
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This lift may increase lift service terrain, but it doesn't increase actual a appreciable amount. Most of the area this lift will service was accessable via a short uphill skate. If fact it may decrease the amount of terrain easily accessable by lift if they stop running the shuttle. The base of the lift is only down by the large tree island on Northway trail. There is a lot of vertical below this. I hiked up to the base of the lift via northway trail on saturday, to see how hard it will be to boot up from the bottom of northway. The base of the lift is almost 1000 feet in elevation above the northway shuttle stop. All the out of bounds terrain will either see a lot more traffic due to the easier access or no traffic, once they stop running the bus due to a lack of interest for the in bounds skiers going down the typically poor northway snowl conditions. One new run that has been added is the lift line. If they do some trimming in the woods, to make the trees skiable there will be a significant amount of skiable area added.
i said increase to LIFT SERVICED TERRAIN!

Lower Northway needs a boatload of snow to be worth a damn and even then it is sketchy. Did you hear they are discontinuing the bus or just speculation on your part/
post #11 of 26
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i said increase to LIFT SERVICED TERRAIN!

Lower Northway needs a boatload of snow to be worth a damn and even then it is sketchy. Did you hear they are discontinuing the bus or just speculation on your part/
When I have talked to John Kircher and about running the shuttle he thought they would probably run it once an hour, but left the door open to change his mind. I don't typically ski lower northway, but need the shuttle to get back to the base area.

Skating over to Northway Peak was so easy, I never minded the effort. It was just long enough to slightly reduce skier traffic.
post #12 of 26
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When I have talked to John Kircher and about running the shuttle he thought they would probably run it once an hour, but left the door open to change his mind. I don't typically ski lower northway, but need the shuttle to get back to the base area.

Skating over to Northway Peak was so easy, I never minded the effort. It was just long enough to slightly reduce skier traffic.
You must admit anything to help avoid I-5 (aka Buff trail, aka Ho-Chi-Minh Trail) is a plus!!!
post #13 of 26
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You must admit anything to help avoid I-5 (aka Buff trail, aka Ho-Chi-Minh Trail) is a plus!!!
My attitude is quite different, I don't mind I-5 especially if it impedes the hordes. Fortunately uphill capacity is limit because the chair is a conventional double.
post #14 of 26
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My attitude is quite different, I don't mind I-5 especially if it impedes the hordes. Fortunately uphill capacity is limit because the chair is a conventional double.
Your back must be in better shape then my old bones!
post #15 of 26
big skied out bummer. no more all day freshies. two-seater or not.
post #16 of 26
in the good old days, as recent as last season, about the most Northback runs we'd get in a day was four or five cause of the long delay for the shuttle or I-five. Now with the chair we should get in at least that many before it gets chewed, at least midweek. I'm just trying to look on the bright side and not get too bummed.
post #17 of 26
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Your back must be in better shape then my old bones!
I'm with you on that. My left knee is talking by the time I reach the base, plus you have to dodge the knuckledraggers on the trail.
post #18 of 26
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big skied out bummer. no more all day freshies. two-seater or not.
Hike the South.
post #19 of 26
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My attitude is quite different, I don't mind I-5 especially if it impedes the hordes. Fortunately uphill capacity is limit because the chair is a conventional double.
Richv, do you live in Greenwater?
post #20 of 26
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Midweek should be the ticket
post #21 of 26
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Richv, do you live in Greenwater?
I have a cabin in Silver Springs, but I live in the city.
post #22 of 26
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I have a cabin in Silver Springs, but I live in the city.
Are you a friend of Brad (ski check)?
post #23 of 26
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Are you a friend of Brad (ski check)?
Egbert is one of my Buds! Tell that scoundrel Cliff says hello!
post #24 of 26
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Are you a friend of Brad (ski check)?
I know who he is, but I do not hang out with him. Crystal is a small community you spend enough time there you get to know many of the regular employees and skiers. On a sad note John Kircher is at the Mayo clinic for a liver transplant due to bile duct cancer.
post #25 of 26
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I know who he is, but I do not hang out with him. Crystal is a small community you spend enough time there you get to know many of the regular employees and skiers. On a sad note John Kircher is at the Mayo clinic for a liver transplant due to bile duct cancer.
I heard form a reliable source yesterday that it is Hepatitis C. regardless of the cause it is really a bummer!
post #26 of 26
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Egbert is one of my Buds! Tell that scoundrel Cliff says hello!
Will do. Don't know him well, but I know his gfriend. Saw him on Vashon about 3 weeks ago.
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