Ascent of Crystal Mountain on 2006-03-26
|Others in Party:||Glenn Morrison|
|Date:||Sunday, March 26, 2006|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||6998 ft / 2132 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom top of High Campbell Chairlift (Silver Queen summit), skied down to the Throne/Siver Queen col, hiked up about a hundred feet with skis on our shoulders, then made a roller-coaster ski traverse along the west side of the The Throne, the well-worn path navigating beteeen narrow trees. Then a final 250 foot climb up the NW ridge to the top of Silver King, the summit of Crystal Mountain.
This is a standard and popular trip for skiers at the Crystal Mountain resort. The summit is well defined and offers a nice flat spot to rest.
Today it was snowing lightly, and there was some nice powder. I skied the "Brain Damage" run from the top, while Glenn tried "Pinball", a run named after what you become if you fall. These north-face runs drop you into the Elizabeth Lake basin, which is a bit of a crater requiring some side-stepping or herringboning to get out of before you can ski down to the Forest Queen Lift.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||388 ft / 118 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||350 ft / 106 m|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Skis, Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Snowing, Cool|
| Gain on way in:||388 ft / 118 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 38 ft / 11 m; Extra: 350 ft / 106m|
| Loss on way in:||350 ft / 106 m|
| Distance:||0.7 mi / 1.1 km|
| Route:||Traverse and Climb|
| Start Trailhead:||Silver Queen 6960 ft / 2121 m|
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