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Avalanche takes out chairlift at resort

WATCH: Avalanche Takes Out Chairlift at Resort

Things got out of hand at a Washington ski resort Monday.

'Crews were using explosives for avalanche control when you can see they started one of their own,' 'GMA' reported.

But it didn't stop there.

'An avalanche destroyed a ski lift at the Crystal Mountain resort in Washington state. Witnesses called the wall of snow 'huge.' Some of the lift and several towers were wiped out Sunday.'

So, that didn't exactly go as planned. The resort posted a bunch of photos of the aftermath on its Facebook page and said: 'We are taking the instability in the snowpack very seriously and will continue to mitigate risk and close terrain as necessary.'

Although starting an avalanche was obviously not the goal, KOMO points out the ordeal should raise awareness.

'The ski patrol says this is a good reminder for everyone that the threat of avalanches is high right now, and skiers and snowboarders should stay only within the resort boundaries.'

The resort added on its Facebook page that no one was injured in the avalanche because the area was closed. The resort plans to build a new chairlift sometime this summer.

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fred mosrie March 11 2014 at 7:34 PM

do not ski. stay in florida.

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lbreamer March 11 2014 at 1:56 PM

I'll just hang out by the fire sipping my hot chocolate... lala la!!!

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Brian Workman March 11 2014 at 2:20 PM

"E" RIDE!!??!!

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Intellitek March 11 2014 at 2:31 PM

Been there, skied that...It is fortunate that no humans were injured! Crystal Mountain ski patrol rocks!

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goodgrief61945 March 11 2014 at 6:45 PM

They didn't intend to start an avalanche ?? I thought that was the purpose of the explosives.

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dianekanca goodgrief61945 March 11 2014 at 7:26 PM

It is.

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lakearcher goodgrief61945 March 11 2014 at 8:10 PM

Yea, that's what I thought too.

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randmhunley March 11 2014 at 5:42 PM

not as bad as it looks

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trimules March 11 2014 at 8:24 PM

I can't belive how many people (including the author of the piece) seem to be totally misunderstanding what went on here. The avalanche was not an accident or mistake or "misfire" - it was exactly what was supposed to happen if the conditions were right. Of course the area is not happy about the loss of the lift, but the point was to break any possible avalanche lose when there were not skiers on the runs. Patrol goes out and shoots these possible slides every morning to keep you safe. This slide WAS going to come down and it was delt with safely and professionally.

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rothhammer1 trimules March 11 2014 at 11:44 PM

Well, except for the 'destroying the ski lift' part.

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khiggins March 11 2014 at 12:11 PM

You understand that this is the purpose of the explosions... idiots... how stupid can you be.. that is the reason for the explosion...

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mountainwolf8034 khiggins March 11 2014 at 1:10 PM

yes..idiot reporting....ski patrol does try to trigger avalanches by various means including explosives when the ski area is closed to prevent an avalanche later when the area is open. How dumb to report it was not intended, when it is absolutely the intention. Imagine the result of this large slide if it had not been triggered by ski patrol and had occurred later in the day when the area was full of skiers.

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sarracen khiggins March 11 2014 at 2:28 PM

What made this noteworthy is that the avalanche took out the lift. The Ski Patrol regularly does avalanche control, as well as the Dept. of Transportation. Any time there is a large storm the highway passes are closed for several hours at night so they can trigger the slides. I'll assume part of the issue at Crystal was that last weekend's storm dumped a lot of fairly heavy snow, and combined with the winds, made for some hazardous conditions.

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nxston08 March 11 2014 at 3:31 PM

The lift chairs look like they're 100 years old. Nobody builds two seat chairs anymore. That piece of junk probably needed to come down. The avalanche saved the resort a lawsuit.

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filliperogers nxston08 March 11 2014 at 4:47 PM

Well I'm sure ticket prices are headed upward as soon as they get that quad lift installed for you nxston08..... Course you probably want it high speed to for more runs down the hill. No problem, they are so cheap they will install 2 to further quiet your roid rage!!

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runswthscisors40 filliperogers March 11 2014 at 7:27 PM

Not to mention the cost of their insurance skyrocketing for the claim they put in for the property damage...............

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Christopher March 11 2014 at 2:38 PM

It's a good thing it happened then while they were trying, instead of during peak ski hours when the lift could have been full of people..

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