Crystal – Blacktail Mountain, MT

Unload ramp at the drive station.
This lift was relocated from Crystal Mountain, Washington.
Motor room.
Depression tower with added lifting frame.
Upper lift line.
Lower lift line.
Lower terminal with counterweight.
Another view of the base.
Depression tower 1.

7 thoughts on “Crystal – Blacktail Mountain, MT

  1. Somebodyelse July 28, 2020 / 8:08 pm

    At Crystal Mtn., this lift was C-5 Campbell Basin, was bottom drive top tension and from 1970 to 1988 was 7500 feet long out of the base area into Campbell Basin. The return terminal about twice as tall and well past the unload platform (a good old NW double diamond unload). It appears here the drive terminal looks to have been turned around and has a new motor room. The original set up at Crystal had a huge foundation block at the drive terminal’s back with the rope coming out between the portal legs. When the lift was shortened to 3500 feet in 1988, the terminal had the single mast replacing the foundation block, but the rope still came out through the portal legs. I was sad to see C-5 go as it made an easy lap of Powder Bowl, riding C-5 and Chair 6 to get back on top Silver Queen Peak.


  2. Mr Incredible July 29, 2020 / 6:18 pm

    Why would they need a lifting frame on a depression tower?


    • Michael July 30, 2020 / 7:02 am

      Generally, depression towers have concrete anchors with steel loops in the ground below the sheave assembly to pull the haul rope down. The lifting frame is used to lift and lower the assembly to the ground when repair is needed.
      Hope this helps.


      • Mr Incredible October 1, 2020 / 2:03 pm



    • Phoenix November 18, 2020 / 2:29 pm

      In addition to what Michael said, the “lifting” frames are also used to lower the sheaves to the ground if they need to replace them or do maintenance they can’t do with them on the tower.


      • Michael November 18, 2020 / 4:28 pm

        Yes, I should have used the word “sheave” in front of “assembly”.


  3. pbropetech October 1, 2020 / 8:26 am

    Seems strange to see it painted black. It was one of the last blue lifts we had at Crystal. Looks like they tried to paint the galvanised chairs as well.


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