High Campbell – Crystal Mountain, WA

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Top bullwheel from above.
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Top terminal.
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Bottom Riblet drive terminal.
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Hall grip.
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Riding up.
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Portal tower
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Bottom drive-tension terminal.
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Upper lift line with lattice tower.

13 thoughts on “High Campbell – Crystal Mountain, WA

  1. Dave Sondergaard March 28, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    Originally called Chair #6

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  2. Ryan Gardner December 14, 2018 / 6:23 pm

    darn shame it was taken out by an Avalanche. Looked like she was well looked after.

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    • Skier o’ the Steeps July 2, 2019 / 6:55 pm

      The moment was caught on video, kinda:

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    • Joe Blake October 31, 2019 / 8:43 pm

      Old 6 did have a good few ghost stops and there were some carriers that were, shall we say, uncomfortable. Like pitched way forward or creaky to the point of customer anxiety. That all made me love it more, but it isn’t best practices when it comes to customer service.

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  3. Enumclaw kid March 21, 2020 / 11:28 pm

    I was there a day or two before the avalanche, as the warm wet storm rolled in that set up the bad avy conditions. C-6 was closed for the day for wind or we would have gotten what turned out to be a last couple of rides in.

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  4. Enumclaw kid September 13, 2020 / 11:20 am

    This article:

    https://www.mountaineers.org/blog/retro-rewind-when-lifts-stop-running-washington-ski-resorts-of-yesteryear

    …says that Crystal bought the lifts from Mt. Pilchuck in 1978. And this fairly detailed timeline:

    https://www.crystalmountaincabinsandhomes.com/crystal-mountain-resort

    has C-6/High Campbell installed in 1980 rather than 1976, as other sources have.

    Was the original 6 from Pilchuck? Surely there is someone who knows for certain.

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    • Vintage Chairlifts September 13, 2020 / 12:20 pm

      High Campbell was originally Yodelin’s Chair 2. It was a Hall, and both of Pilchuck’s were Riblets. I don’t know what Crystal did or was planning to do with those lifts, but they weren’t installed at Crystal. They may have been sold or may have been raided for parts for the resort’s existing Riblets.

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      • Enumclaw kid September 13, 2020 / 9:28 pm

        OK… now that you mention it, I am pretty sure I _had_ read somewhere at some point that High Campbell came from Yodelin. Perhaps the Riblet drive terminal pictured above was part of one of the Pilchuck lifts.

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        • pbropetech December 11, 2021 / 6:05 pm

          No, the bottom of 6 was new as part of the relocation. The lifts at Pilchuck were built before Riblet brought out that style of terminal.

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      • Somebodyelse September 28, 2020 / 10:52 pm

        If I’m right, the old Hall drive terminal is still on the hill at Yodelin. I also remember the old bone yard across from F Lot at Crystal where Pilchuck’s old lifts were stored. You could see the towers laid out and the chairs lined up in rows.

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        • Vintage Chairlifts September 29, 2020 / 3:21 pm

          What did they do with Pilchuck’s lifts?

          Just use them for parts, or did they sell them?

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        • pbropetech December 11, 2021 / 6:03 pm

          I don’t recall any surplus Riblets being stored across Crystal Creek from F-lot. We did put chair 9 there in the summer of ’97, and it stayed there until it went to Big Sky. I think we put parts of 5 there as well, but they didn’t stay long.

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