Ascent of Crystal Mountain on 2006-03-26

Climber: Greg Slayden

Others in Party:Glenn Morrison
Date:Sunday, March 26, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crystal Mountain
    Elevation:6998 ft / 2132 m

Ascent Trip Report

From 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics

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