Crystal Mountain slopes reopen after closure for avalanche work

Crystal Mountain slopes reopen after closure for avalanche work

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Crystal Mountain slopes reopen after closure for avalanche work

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 22 at 1:13 PM

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, Wash. - Crystal Mountain runs that were closed because of an avalanche threat were reopened Saturday.

The Northway gates were back open by noon, but work was still ongoing in Southback.

Over the past two weeks, there has been more than 100 inches of snow, which created dangerous conditions, according to ski patrol director Paul Baugher.

“This is towards the end of a pretty big avalanche cycle and it’s gone on for about 10 days,” said Baugher.

A ski patrol avalanche control team worked to improve the conditions on the mountain Friday morning. Ski patrol launched a helicopter to drop off large explosives at the top of the mountain slopes to trigger an avalanche.

“Explosives are very effective in releasing any instability in the snow,” said Baugher.

The main slopes near the resort were not affected and remain open.

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