Chair 6 – Crystal Mountain, WA

Lower station and tower 2.
Combo tower #8.
Loading area.
Riding up.
Tower 9.
Approaching the top.
Lower part of the lift line.
Skytrac Monarch drive station.
Lift overview.
The former lift had a lattice tower utilizing the same foundation.
The final tower and top terminal.
Side view of the return terminal.
Breakover towers.
View down the lift line.
Middle part of the lift line.
Lower station area.


18 thoughts on “Chair 6 – Crystal Mountain, WA

  1. AvocadoAndy June 4, 2019 / 10:39 am

    Is this SkyTrac’s only double chair? Haven’t seen any anywhere else.


  2. Sam Altavilla December 8, 2019 / 3:33 pm

    Isnt the return terminal design different than those used on a typical SkyTrac installation?


    • pbropetech December 9, 2019 / 9:49 am

      Could be, although I’ve not seen any other full Skytrac lifts (just mods). It does look like they reused the terminal footer from the old Hall so that could be part of it.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Will March 4, 2020 / 1:23 pm

        It had a Riblet Terminal, not a Hall.


        • Joe Blake March 4, 2020 / 3:47 pm

          Riblet drive, Hall return.

          Liked by 1 person

      • Somebodyelse July 24, 2020 / 8:42 pm

        It’s a custom return terminal mounted directly onto the original footing. The bolt patterns are the same. If memory serves, they actually lifted this return terminal into place at the same time the old lift was being dismantled. It sat in place for several months over the summer awaiting the rest of the new lift.


  3. Raj Thorp March 4, 2020 / 8:00 am

    Skytrac is becoming a more popular company for sure. They definitely make good lifts.


    • sullivanq March 4, 2020 / 3:00 pm

      indeed. I can’t argue that they aren’t becoming more popular, but I will say that the Skytrac quad at Berkshire East, MA sometimes has frequent problems. It includes a loading carpet in which the gates are not in sync when they open. Granted that is not skytrac, but a lot of people blame it on the lift. Another problem is sometimes the lift can have lengthy stops due to mechanical problems, some reaching up to an hour. This is a 2015 install. Granted this could just be lack of maintenance, but Berkshire east doesn’t usually cut corners like that. Hopefully they have improved a little over the past years. Also I do not think they make detachables, only fixed grip.


      • vons3 July 27, 2020 / 12:21 pm

        I have built numerous skytrac lifts starting in 2013 at Bridger Bowl and have heard of few if any problems in terms of reliability.


  4. Donald Reif July 26, 2020 / 3:25 pm

    I wonder why this lift wasn’t named High Campbell since that was the name of the lift it replaced.


    • Somebody July 26, 2020 / 9:19 pm

      The riblet here was originally named Chair 6 and was only renamed to “High Campbell” circa 1998. If I had to guess, they probably renamed it back to Chair 6 somewhat as a throwback.


      • pbropetech July 27, 2020 / 12:25 pm

        Crystal’s chairs were always numbered. Names came later- I have an old map from the early 80s (you can find it on as well) that has both names and numbers by the lifts. They were used interchangeably for several decades, with the majority of us using the numbers. Rainier Express was 10 on my check-in sheet for operators in the 90s. Once lifts started being replaced the company seems to have dropped the numbers- Forest Queen instead of 9, Green Valley instead of 3, et cetera. Calling it 6 is definitely a throwback now.
        Somebody, 6/High Campbell was never a Ribet. It was a Hall with a Riblet drive terminal.


  5. Sean September 14, 2020 / 12:52 pm

    Was this lift reinstalled in the same alignment? Or was there something else they did to mitigate the avalanche danger? I wouldn’t think they would want the same mistake to happen twice.


    • Will September 14, 2020 / 1:16 pm

      Same alignment. Nothing done about the slope that failed and hit the last lift, but they installed some Gazex Exploders at the top of Powder Bowl. I think they simply plan to bomb Campbell Basin (the slope that failed) more often.


      • Joe Blake July 27, 2021 / 9:19 pm

        Some housekeeping things: The slope that slid was skiers’ left of the Throne Chutes, with the start zone hand-charge-distance below the ridge. (It was a hand charge that kicked the whole shebang off, after all.) Campbell Basin is a catchall for the zone, not any specific spot. In fact, if you say “Campbell Basin”, at CM, most folks will just hear “bougie new lodge at the top of 9.” 2nd, there isn’t anything to be “done” beyond what the very skilled and experienced Patrol already does after every snow or wind event, which in some years is daily control routes for 8 weeks straight. 3rd, patrols don’t “bomb”, they control. Bombing kills, whereas controlling seeks to avoid injury and death. 4th, skipping the tin-hatter interpretations of the situation I’m about 75% sure are at least 66% possible, I’ll just go with the generally held belief that the slide that took out Old Chair 6 (High Campbell was never its name, no matter what the maps said) was a one-off. Nobody I know (including long-time lift mechanics, cat drivers, instructors, and patrollers) had ever seen the Throne go that big or that far. It hasn’t since. There is much skier compaction, a well-studied, practised, and refined control route, and therefore very minimal chance of a repeat. Three pronounced benches collect slide debris and/or slow its travel well before it can hit the line. The Throne Chutes are skied to death. Most control results peter out on the mellowing pitch of Hamburger even before the first bench. Naturals are almost non-existent. Obviously, if it happens once, it can happen twice, but I don’t think the exact extenuating circumstances that lined up for Kim’s and Michelle’s big boom to take it to the house will happen again under the new regime. (Didn’t quite stop short of the tin-hatter part. Sorry.)


  6. Ryan October 23, 2021 / 10:57 pm

    what is with that blag bag on the top of tower 8?


    • Ken March 3, 2022 / 10:30 pm

      It’s an extra long Chairlift evacuation rope, because the tower is so high.


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