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Ski Patrol Crews Cleaning Up Avalanche At Crystal Mountain

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Ski areas routinely trigger avalanches to control the snowpack before skiers and snowboarders arrive, but this time it got a little bit out of hand. Ski areas routinely trigger avalanches to control the snowpack before skiers and snowboarders arrive, but this time it got a little bit out of hand.

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN - Crews with the ski patrol on Crystal Mountain are cleaning up after an avalanche took out a chairlift on Monday.

Ski areas routinely trigger avalanches to control the snowpack before skiers and snowboarders arrive, but this time it got a little bit out of hand.

Ski patrol said they misjudged the size of the avalanche when they set off a 25-pound explosive on one of the mountain's highest slopes.

As it made its way down, the slide knocked the lower lift terminal off its foundation and toppled one of the towers, which will cost $1.75 million to replace.

The resort says they were going to replace that lift and the avalanche will just speed up the process.

Luckily no one was hurt because the slope was closed for the day.

Crystal Mountain is open for spring skiing, but that area of the mountain is closed to skiers for the rest of the season.

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